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PEANUTS MUSEUM ESCAPES WILDFIRE...

...But Charles Schulz Home Is Burned To The Ground

Schulz MuseumWhen Santa Rosa was hit by wildfire, its famed Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center was spared. The Museum was closed briefly due to lack of power caused by the fires, but soon re-opened.

Unhappily, the home of Peanuts creator Schulz burned to the ground. His widow, however, escaped, her stepson told the Associated Press. Jean Schulz, 78, fled her home at about 2 a.m. Monday, October 9, and is now staying with family, said Monte Schulz.

"It's the house my dad died in,” he went on, “ — all of their memorabilia and everything is all gone. Stuff from my dad and their life together, all gone. That time of our lives is now completely erased.

“She is very resilient,” he about his stepmother. “She is energetic and pragmatic and very tough.”

His father had long-standing ties to Santa Rosa and to Sonoma County. He and his first wife, Joyce, built a home in the city of Sebastopol in 1958. The airport in Santa Rosa Airport is officially titled the Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport and features bronze sculptures of the Peanuts characters. Its logo is Snoopy flying on top of his doghouse.

Note: You can read Jean Schulz's Blog here.

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