‘Peanuts’ Wall Focus of Presentation This Saturday

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By: E&P Staff

The Charles M. Schulz Museum this Saturday is holding a presentation about how a nursery wall featuring drawings by the “Peanuts” cartoonist was discovered, conserved, and transported from Colorado to the Santa Rosa, Calif., museum.

Saturday’s event is concurrent with an exhibit about the wall that’s being held at the museum until July 16.

Schulz, while living in Colorado Springs in 1951, painted characters on a bedroom wall for one of his daughters. The wall was eventually re-painted many times by subsequent residents, but long-time neighbors recalled what was underneath.

When Stan and Polly Travnicek bought the home in 1979, Polly found out Schulz’s art was on the wall and decided to find it. She painstakingly removed the paint layers — and saw characters from “Peanuts” and children’s storybooks. After the Travniceks heard of Schulz’s illness in 1999 and plans to create the Santa Rosa museum, they offered the wall to the museum.

Schulz died in 2000, but “Peanuts” reruns continue to be syndicated by United Media.

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