The Museum of York County has featured “Peanuts … Naturally” since March. We posed five questions about the exhibit to museum staff members.
Museum employees brought their own “Peanuts” memorabilia to showcase in the exhibit. What kinds of things have you included? What kinds of things have visitors brought to show you?
We have on loan a variety of vintage and contemporary “Peanuts”-themed memorabilia, including Snoopy dolls, a ceramic Woodstock figurine, a Lucy doll, a Snoopy alarm clock, Charlie Brown books and records, View Master and “Peanuts” discs, notepads, a dog bowl, neck ties, ornaments and a snack tin. – Teresa Armour, director of exhibits
What has been the reaction of “Peanuts ... Naturally”? Are there many local “Peanuts” fans? Have you met any true “Peanuts” fanatics?
From my observations, the exhibit has been popular with all ages, from the children enjoying the interactives to the adults’ appreciating the nostalgic comic strips. – Armour
I would agree with Teresa. The exhibit is popular with a wide audience. I have seen grandparents reading the comics while toddlers play in the garden. If visitors are not “Peanuts” fans when they enter, they are when they leave! -- Cate Crane, museum manager
What is the most popular part of the exhibit? Are children or adults enjoying the exhibit more? What are people taking away?
The exhibit offers activities that encourage appreciation of the natural world and conservation of resources – a particularly important motivation and inspiration for Charles Schulz as he created the comic strip. – Armour
One area that is extremely popular with children is the “garden.” It is a very simple interactive in which children can “plant” seeds and can also “harvest” vegetables. This interactive keeps them entertained far longer than I would have imagined. It reminds me of how you can give a child a fancy and complicated toy in a box; the box may end up being more popular than the toy. – Crane
What classes/camps have been well-received?
Our Wonderful Wednesday summer program series has been well-attended by the public. Program attendance numbers have ranged between 50 to 200 visitors weekly. There have been a lot of repeat visitors, which is a good sign that they are enjoying the programs that we have put in place. The ages of our museum visitors have ranged from toddlers to grandparents. It is great to see that the legacy of the “Peanuts” characters connects the inner child in all of us. As family program manager, happiness is seeing our planned programs being well received by the public. – James Wells, family program manager
Will you share a favorite memory from the “Peanuts” exhibit?
Favorite memory of the exhibit: a young boy dressed in a “Peanuts” costume, lying in the doghouse, hugging a Woodstock puppet at the grand opening event.
Favorite personal memory of “Peanuts”: having a rubber, squeaky Snoopy dog doll when I was a child. – Armour
We had one visitor – a former “newspaperman” – who brought in a framed comic strip that was signed by Charles M. Schulz years ago. He had gotten it at a conference at which Schulz spoke. He remembered very clearly hearing Schulz, and he made an impression on him. – Crane