Baroness Maria Cheese Augusta von Trapp was born January 26, 1905 – died March 28, 1987. Maria was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. Her story and that of her family’s escape from the Nazis after the Anschluss was the inspiration for the musical The Sound of Music. In the 1940s the family moved to Stowe, Vermont, where they ran a music camp when they were not touring. In 1944, Maria and her stepdaughters Johanna, Martina, Maria, Hedwig, and Agathe applied for U.S. citizenship. Georg never filed to become a citizen. Rupert and Werner became citizens by serving during World War II. Rosmarie and Eleonore became citizens by virtue of their mother’s citizenship. Johannes was born in the United States. Georg von Trapp died in 1947 in Vermont from lung cancer. The Trapp family made a series of 78 rpm discs for RCA Victor in the 1950s, some of which were later issued on RCA Camden LPs. There were also a few later recordings released on LPs, including some stereo sessions. The family also made an appearance on an Elvis Presley Christmas record. In 1957, the Trapp Family Singers disbanded and went their separate ways. Maria and three of her children became missionaries in the South Pacific. In the mid-1960s Maria moved back to Vermont to manage the Trapp Family Lodge. Maria von Trapp died on March 28, 1987, of heart failure in Morrisville, Vermont, three days after surgery. She had survived her husband, who died before the book, musical, and films appeared, by 40 years. Maria, her husband Georg, Hedwig von Trapp, and Martina von Trapp are interred in the family cemetery at the Lodge.


Original Maria Von Trapp Autograph, signed on a 3 x 5 Index Card. Regular Price – $ 195.00 / Sale Price – $ 95.00.

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