Maria von Trapp Visit to Rock Hill Records - Accession 1615 - M794 (851)
Accession 1615 - M794 (851)
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Scope and Content Note
This collection consists of materials related to a visit to Rock Hill, SC by Maria (Kutschera) von Trapp (1905-1987) in April 1978. Maria gained fame as the inspiration for the Broadway musical (1959) and movie musical (1965), The Sound of Music which was based on her book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers (1949). Maria was the stepmother and matriarch of the Austrian singing family, the Trapp Family Singers. The group was comprised of Maria and her seven stepchildren through her marriage to Captain Georg von Trapp (1880-1947). They began their career in Europe, but after Germany annexed Austria the family located to the United States and began touring the Us and Canada.
In 1976, the United Methodist Women at St. Johns United Methodist Church in Rock Hill, SC initiated a request to Maria von Trapp to see if she would be interested in visiting as a lecturer for a planned Arts festival held at St. Johns. She eventually agreed and arrived on April 11, 1978, had dinner with the Hornsby Family, gave her lecture, and stayed overnight at the Howard Johnson Motel in Rock Hill. She departed on April 12, 1978.
This collection consists of correspondence discussing the possible visit, a photocopy of a newspaper article concerning her visit, several receipts of her stay, and a brief biographical write-up of her and her visit.
The Maria von Trapp Visit to Rock Hill Records were donated to the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections by Lynn Hornsby on March 12, 2018.
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Finding Aid Citation
Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Maria von Trapp Visit to Rock Hill Records - Accession 1615 - M794 (851)". Finding Aid 1260.