Just in time for the Christmas season, Grapevine’s Tower Gallery is excited to welcome Merry Christmas Charlie Brown! The traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum shares the heartfelt story of the making of the animated classic. Come experience 50 Peanuts comic strips, more than 50 vintage Peanuts-themed seasonal novelties and learn about the cartoonist behind Charlie Brown, Charles Schulz.
To excite your curiosity, here are eight fun facts about Charlie Brown and Charles Schulz.
- Peanuts was read daily by 355 million people worldwide in 75 countries and 21 different languages.
- Snoopy was the official mascot of NASA. During the Apollo 11 mission, the lunar excursion model was called Snoopy and the command module was named Charlie Brown.
- Woodstock, Snoopy's little yellow bird friend, was first seen in the strip in 1967 but wasn't referred to by name until 1970. He was named after the summer music festival.
- Schulz has his own official holiday, Charles Schulz Day, in California that occurs every year on May 24.
- Schulz was originally going to call his star dog character “Sniffy” until he discovered that another comic strip used that name for their pup. Schulz’s mother recommended “Snoopy,” after the affectionate term in Norwegian “snuppa”.
- Schulz named his protagonist after his colleague Charlie Brown that he met while teaching at the Art Institution Schools in Minneapolis.
- Former President Ronald Reagan was a huge fan, and personally phoned Schulz when he was in the hospital recovering from bypass surgery to send him well wishes.
- Schulz drew 17,897 Peanut comic strips over his 50-year career.
Also included in the exhibition is a Santa letter writing station, photo opportunities and video featuring Charles Schulz, producer Lee Mendelson and animator/director Bill Melendez that details the sometimes magical and often madcap making of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This free exhibition is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit and is open now through January 16.
Location: Tower Gallery at Grapevine’s Visitor Center
636 S. Main St.
Grapevine, TX 76051
Date: November 1, 2017 – January 16, 2018
Hours: See here: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/visitor-center/