Your PopCulteer and his lovely wife are headed back to The Kruger Street Toy & Train Museum this Saturday for the official opening of a huge collection of Peanuts memorabilia. This has been in the works for a couple of years, and we’ve seen bits and pieces, but this weekend they go full-blown with “Dr. Mercer’s Too Cool To Smoke/Vape” exhibit.
The display will feature the massive collection of Peanuts-related stuff amassed by Wheeling physician Dr. William Mercer over forty years. Aside from admission to the museum, the event is free of cost and will be an all-day affair including games for kids, souvenir hand-outs and exhibit tours hosted by Dr. Mercer himself. The tours will be every hour on the hour from 9 AM to 4 PM, Saturday.
There will even be a piano mini-concert by 11-year-old “Schroeder,” Seth Williams, who will perform classic Peanuts music by Vince Guaraldi as well as his own Peanuts inspired pieces.
On opening day, Snoopy items will fill up an entire banquet hall. There will be holiday-themed Snoopy items filling up display cases with Snoopy trophies on top, and the walls will be lined with Peanuts comic strips.
Dr. Mercer’s collection was largely assembled with patient’s gifts, beginning in 1987 after he designed a Snoopy-themed pediatric room at his practice.
For more information, you should check out a great article in The Wheeling Intellgencer about the opening.
Mel and I have been seeing bits and pieces of this collection at the museum over the last two years, and it’ll be cool to get a bigger look at this awesome collection. We;ll bring you photos of the event when we get back over the weekend.