Book Reading & Signing

Anneliese Tisdale was born in Germany and lived there through World War II. In 1947, she came to the United States as a war bride and became a U.S. citizen in 1950. She received BA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa. After her retirement from the Cedar Rapids public schools, and at the urging of her children, she wrote her first book, Christmas Trees Lit the Sky, her memoir about growing up in World War II Germany. The book, published in 2012, vividly describes her family’s struggle to survive the war, as well as the Nazi regime, during some of the most defining times of the twentieth century. Anneliese has presented numerous readings, discussions and book signings in libraries, schools, and clubs in Iowa, Missouri and Ohio. She was invited to give the 2014 Memorial Lecture for the Wartburg College History Honor Society. Anneliese was pleased to do a book signing with Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, in connection with the Linn Area Reads Book of the Year. Anneliese will be at The History Center for a book reading and meet and greet. Her book will be available for purchase. This event is *FREE and open to the public. *People wishing to visit the museum exhibits will need to pay the admission ($7 for General Public, Free for Members).

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Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


$7.00 for general public

$5.00 for students (with ID)

Free for children ages 4 and younger

Free for members of The History Center

All galleries and exhibits are self-guided.

The History Center

Linn County Historical Society

800 Second Avenue SE

Cedar Rapids, IA  52403

Tel: 319-362-1501