Date: March 2, 2012

Media Contact: Mary Lynn Norton

Organization: Museum of York County

Phone Number: 803.329.2121, ext 129

Peanuts… Naturally


showing at the Museum of York County

March 10th  through September 3rd, 2012

Charlie Brown is in trouble with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Lucy knows the Earth has 48 suns, and Snoopy and Linus are planting french fries in the garden.  These are just a few of the misadventures and explanations gone wrong as the Peanuts Gang explores the natural world—what other trouble will they find?!

Peanuts… Naturally, opening on March 10, 2012 at the Museum of York County, Rock Hill, South Carolina takes a light-hearted look at Charles Schulz’s exploration of the natural world through Peanuts comic strips, videos, objects, and interactive stations. Visitors get a Peanuts-eye view of the universe, “web of nature,” trees, birds, the elements (snow, wind, rain, and clouds), gardening, and Charlie Brown’s EPA escapade. More scientifically-oriented interactive stations allow kids of all ages, from pre-school to adults, to learn more about and appreciate the wonders of the natural world. 

Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip for nearly 50 years, was immensely curious, an avid reader, and took a keen interest in the latest research findings in a variety of fields. It is not a surprise that many of these findings and facts found their way into Schulz’s comic strip carefully interpreted through his characters’ unique, and sometimes wacky, understanding of their world.

The Museum of York County is open Tuesday –Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm.  The Museum will be closed on Sunday, April 8, 2012.  Admission:  Free on Sunday; Monday – Saturday, Adult $5; Senior, $4; Youth ages 4-17, $3; 3 and younger, free.

Peanuts… Naturally is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California. The Local Presenting Sponsor is The Herald.  Additional sponsors include ’Becca and Harry Dalton, Elizabeth D. Patrick, Kathy and Larry Wilson and Catawba Animal Clinic.

Peanuts Programming at the Museum of York County

Dave McDonald’s Cartooning & Comics Day Camp

Dave McDonald, Teaching Artist, Cartoonist and Author/Illustrator of the Hamster Sam Books will teach campers how to draw cartoon characters, how to write for comics and how to develop their very own characters and stories!  Participants will learn the techniques of “penciling” & “inking”, as well as composition and styles of comics. 

Where: Museum of York County

Ages: 9 -12

Limit: 20 participants

Dates: April 5 & 6

            Register by Wed, March 28

Time:  Thurs- Fri 10 a.m. – noon

Cost: CHM Members $40

Non-Members $50


Peanuts Naturally Camp

Your child’s imagination will come to life at this camp based on Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts… Naturally” exhibit.  We’ll learn a variety of nature-themed topics from planets to stars and trees to birds from Charlie Brown and friends.  We will also sing, read, eat snacks and create art.

Where: Museum of York County

Ages:   Students entering Grades K5 & 1

Limit:    15 participants

Dates:  June 18 – 22

Register by Wed, June 6

Time:  Mon – Fri: 9 a.m. – noon

Cost:  CHM Members  $70/week

Non-Members  $90/week


It’s Earth Day Charlie Brown!    

Museum of York County   Saturday,  April 28,2012         10 am – 3 pm

This Free family event offers activities, games, a 4-H petting zoo and more than 30 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message. Shop in the eco-marketplace where artisans offer an array of unique items made from recycled materials. Pony rides and family friendly foods available for a fee.

Earth Day Birthday is presented in partnership with York County Collection & Recycling and the City of Rock Hill Clean & Green. 

Wonderful Wednesdays Programs

Museum of York County presents a diverse series of fun and enriching programs that include a 30-45 minute program, followed by demonstrations and hands-on activities in the museum galleries.  Wonderful Wednesday programs begin at 11 a.m.  Free with general museum admission

June 13 - Vernon Grant – Illustrator and creator of Snap!®Crackle! ®Pop!®

We have enjoyed Snap!®Crackle! ®Pop! ® for over 70 years as the famous gnome characters for the Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal.  This program will highlight Vernon Grant’s contribution to the art world through his many illustrations and learn how Grant created the famous cereal trio.  You will also be able to listen to audio and see video footage of Vernon Grant drawing at his easel. 

June 20 - Marcus Hamilton – Cartoonist/ Dennis the Menace Daily Panels

Hey Mr. Wilson?  We have enjoyed Dennis the Menace for over 60 years as the curious kid next door.  Marcus Hamilton, Cartoonist of Dennis the Menace daily panels, will guide the audience through the process of creating Dennis the Menace and other characters. 

June 27 - Dave McDonald- Cartoonist Author and Illustrator

Dave McDonald, Teaching Artist, Cartoonist and Author/Illustrator of the Hamster Sam Books will guide the audience through the process of creating Hamster Sam Books and other characters. 

Wonderful Wednesday Family Film Series

July 11 - Snoopy, Come Home – 81 min

July 28 - Race for your life, Charlie Brown – 76 min

July 25 - Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown (and Don’t Come Back!!) – 75 min


*Programs are subject to change