Greenville, S.C. – It wouldn’t be the holidays without Charlie Brown, and the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is kicking off the season with the latest traveling exhibition from the Charles M. Schulz Museum titled “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” opening Saturday, November 3, 2018 and on display through February 10, 2019.
Debuting in 1965, the now classic animated film “A Charlie Brown Christmas” took critics by surprise, and more than 50 years later still commands a following worldwide at the start of the holidays. The “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!” exhibition offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film while taking them through an immersive Peanuts-themed environment that includes hands-on activities that will add to the holiday spirit of this time-honored family tradition.
In addition, artwork, objects and vintage seasonal novelties will fascinate young and old alike as they journey down the path of the creation of the first Peanuts animated special. Highlighting this journey is a video featuring the late Charles M. Schulz, producer Lee Mendelson and animator/director Bill Melendez that details the sometimes magical and often madcap making of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
With its famous cast of characters and a storyline that can be quoted by viewers of all ages, the success of the film paved the way for a series of Peanuts television specials and films. In fact, the holiday film has been aired annually during the Christmas season since its premiere. Explore the world of Charlie Brown and discover the unique appeal of this special holiday classic that has captured the hearts of generations of people.
The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.