WSS Library to host History Alive! character during National Library Week

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Charles Schulz (1922-2000), best known as creator of the comic strip Peanuts, will be portrayed by James Froemel of Maidsville in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 9, at White Sulphur Springs Library.

The library is sponsoring this program with the assistance of Seneca Trail Charitable Foundation and is free to the public.

Join us as we discover the life of one of the greatest comic strip innovators. A veteran of World War II, Schulz’s first Peanuts strip was published in 1950 in seven newspapers. At the time of his death in 2000, it was appearing in 2,600 papers around the world. Schulz recognized that comics were not just a medium for children. His ability to connect with people through a four-panel strip using dry humor, sarcasm, wit, and melancholy resulted in an ongoing daily narrative that lasted nearly 50 years. The universal popularity of his characters put them in demand for television specials, merchandising, movies, books, theatrical productions, and commercials. NASA has incorporated some of the Peanuts characters into its various space programs including Apollo 10.

Charles Schultz is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history and culture. Humanities scholars have carefully researched varieties of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentations.

Join us at the White Sulphur Springs Library to celebrate this remarkable individual and National Library Week.  Light refreshments will be served afterwards. The library will be waiving all fines during National Library, Apr. 7-13. Our young readers will receive special “thank you’s” for checking out materials during the entire month.

The library is located 344 Main Street West in White Sulphur Springs.  Please call 304-536-1171 if you have any questions. The presentation is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. The presentation at the White Sulphur Springs Library is made possible in part due to a grant from the Seneca Trail Charitable Foundation.