The World of the von Trapp Family

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Adult, Teens
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Program Description

Join author William Anderson as he tells the dramatic true story of the von Trapp family, which fled Hitler's Austria to start new lives in America as the Trapp Family Singers. Their story inspired the musical The Sound of Music.

The von Trapp's story of patriotism, honor, and the value of cultural exchange through immigration still resonates today. Anderson discusses the background of the Austrian family, their experiences as world-class singers, and their current lives in the mountains of Vermont. He will also explain how The Sound of Music blends fact and fiction to create what can be considered one of the greatest musical films.

William Anderson is a Michigan-based historian, educator and author. Among his 30 books of biography, history, and travel is The World of the von Trapp Family and for children, V is for Von Trapp.  

Registration is required and can be completed online below, by calling 309.590.6168 or by visiting the Adult Services Desk at the Library and registering in person. As soon as registration is complete, you will receive an email with a link to access the online discussion.