James Froemel will bring his portrayal of American cartoonist Charles Schulz to Glenville State University’s Robert F. Kidd Library on Monday, November 7. (Courtesy photo)

Glenville State University to host “History Alive!” Performance with Charles Schulz

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Glenville State University’s Robert F. Kidd Library will be the site of a “History Alive!” performance featuring cartoonist Charles Schulz on Monday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. The “History Alive!” program features scholars from around the state who portray historical figures.

Schulz will be portrayed by James Froemel of Maidsville, West Virginia. Schulz was a cartoonist best known as the creator of the Peanuts comic strip that featured Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, and others. 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. 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 popularity of his characters worldwide put them in demand for television specials, merchandise, movies, books, theatrical productions, and commercials, with NASA spacecraft named in their honor.

This “History Alive!” performance includes a monologue from Froemel as Schulz. He will share an introduction about himself and will discuss the issues that influenced his life. That will be followed by an audience discussion portion with both Schulz and another discussion session with Froemel after he “breaks character;” both give the audience an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the historical character.

The performance is free and open to the public.

“History Alive!” is a program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

For more information about the presentation, contact (304) 462-6160.

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