Fifteen years after the death of its creator, Peanuts continues to live on.
In everything from Internet memes to a new movie coming out this winter, co-produced by Charles Schulz's son and grandson, the legacy of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the gang remains strong.
The past and present of Peanuts is shown in a new exhibit, "You're a Good Man, Charles Schulz," opening Sunday at the German American Heritage Center in Davenport.
Life-size recreations of the characters are plastered on the walls of the third floor, as well as memorabilia on the fourth floor of the downtown Davenport museum.
"We try to do some kid-friendly topics," center assistant director Kelly Lao said. "This is definitely iconic to a lot of people and a lot of people have different memories of it."
Memorabilia in the exhibit comes from the collection of Chris Iossi of Davenport, who has been collecting Peanuts items for more than 15 years.
There also are panels with Peanuts trivia, as well as a chart showing the relationship of the characters and a biography of Schulz. The text was provided by the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., which had to give its approval to the individual items in the display, Lao said.
Peanuts debuted in newspapers in 1950, and its final Sunday comic ran in February 2000 — in print, coincidentally, a day after Schulz's death.
Lao said she hopes the exhibit draws new visitors to the center, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.
"We want to be a little more family-friendly, intergenerational," she said. "Grandparents remember Charles Schulz and their grandkids can too."