Though the 2020 football season seemed reminiscent of Lucy pulling the ball away from Charlie Brown in the Peanuts comic strip, there were some memorable moments with more on the horizon as the Southern Conference kicks off its season in February. To help keep the gridiron spirit going, the Upcountry History Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, will open the exhibition, Pigskin Peanuts – From the STEM Zone to the End Zone, on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
Showcasing many of the more than 250 football-themed Peanuts comic strips created by the renowned Charles M. Schulz, this 3,000-square-foot retrospective exhibition examines his love of sports and highlights the way he incorporated sports themes, particularly football, into his work.
Divided into five sections, Pigskin Peanuts examines the evolution of football in the Peanuts stories. Visitors will be able to explore this progression in each section of Vintage Pigskin, The Fall Classic, Gridiron Tales, Woodstock Plays Football, and Girls Rule featuring Sally, Peppermint Patty and Marcie. It also includes unique pieces such as “The Charlie Brown and the Football” Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon maquette and other artifacts.
Also on display with the Pigskin Peanuts exhibition are some remarkable items and memorabilia from the National Football Championship years of Clemson University and Furman University. Presented with an overview of the noteworthy rise of the Tigers and the Paladins through the history of football in South Carolina, these items are sure to be a highlight of the exhibit’s experience.
With Greenville being its last stop on an international tour, the opportunity to see this extraordinary exhibition of Peanuts classics will only be available through April 17, 2021.
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. Please note, the Museum adheres to a mandatory mask requirement for visitors ages 10 years and older. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit www.upcountryhistory.org.