- Dec 16 2023 - Feb 10 2024
- All Day
Franklin, a traveling exhibition on view at the Waupaca Area Public Library, from December 16 2023-February 10 2023, explores the origins of a beloved Peanuts character.
Charles M. Schulz was a perceptive observer. He was always curious, and with his wit and wry sense of humor, he opened minds and hearts that others could not. Shortly after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Los Angeles school teacher, Harriet Glickman, believed that the popular comic strip Peanuts could positively influence attitudes on race. Due to their correspondence, Charles Schulz introduced Franklin to his cartoon in the summer of 1968. Franklin has remained an important member of the Peanuts Gang ever since.
Franklin includes correspondence between Glickman and Schulz, comic strips from the multiday storyline of when Franklin and Charlie Brown first met at the beach, as well as the story of how Franklin Armstrong’s last name came to be, as told by the cartoonist Robb Armstrong.
“I have wanted to introduce a black character for some time…the reaction was tremendous. We got quite a stack of mail saying, “thank you.” -Charles M. Schulz, 1970
Franklin is organized and toured by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, Santa Rosa, California.