Two Marias

From The Julie Andrews Hour in 1972-1973 in it the two “Maria”s meet, sing, and talk about the experience.

Although this says Part 1, I couldn’t find the second part.

The real life family behind The Sound of Music ended up in the United States and the family built and still owns a ski lodge and surrounding development in Stowe, Vermont. Maria wrote a couple of books on their life and so did the children.

Find them here:

Also note The World of the Trapp Family by William T. Anderson. Anderson has been researching them almost as long as he has Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Sadly Maria had poor legal advice and sold the movie and play rights to her book to a German company who resold them in America for big bucks, so their family got basically nothing from the movie, but publicity. Their biggest issue with the movie version is the depiction of the Captain who was a beloved family man, not the military drill sergeant with his family as depicted in the movie (although they changed the names, ages, and sexes of some of the children which didn’t go over too well either).  The family made money by performing and by building music camps that because very famous around their lodge and by a lot of hard work have done very well for themselves.

Sarah on Trapp Wagon Ride
Sarah on Trapp Wagon Ride

Today you can still visit the Trapp Family Lodge and I had the privilege of doing so a few years ago with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa bus tour. (I wish they’d do another one, this was a few years ago.) We just got to do a day trip, but we got to tour the Lodge, eat lunch in the restaurant, smell the wonders of the bakery, be tempted by the giftshop (they have a singing version of the goat from the movie), take a wagon ride in the beautiful mountain countryside, and finally my friend Mary walked up the mountain  with me to the chapel one of the sons built by hand on top of the mountain to  give thanks for making it home safely from the war. We didn’t get to spend the night at the lodge, but I hope to some time. I’m a little surprised I didn’t write more about the trip at the time, but what I wrote is here:

Find out more on their website:


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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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