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Join the Betsy-Tacy Society for Minnesota's Day of Giving on November 17, 2016 at
Give to the Max Day is an annual statewide giving holiday, but you don't have to be from Minnesota to give.
We hope you will join tens of thousands of Minnesotans in making a donation to your favorite non-profit on this day of giving.  Thank you for supporting the Betsy-Tacy Society with your gifts.
Saturdays, December 3 & 10, 2016
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
332 & 333 Center Street in Mankato, MN
A Victorian Christmas at Betsy's House is an annual tradition for many! The house is decorated for the season and costumed living history actors will make you feel as if you stepped back in time to Christmas in 1900. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with Betsy, Tacy and Tib by the Christmas tree. Enjoy shopping for the holidays in the gift shop at Tacy's house. Here children can purchase a Christmas ornament for 10 cents, just as Betsy, Tacy, Tib and Winona did. Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas and you too, can “hold Christmas in your hands”.   
Open to the public - Admission $5 Adults, $2 Age 6-16
Free admission for BTS members and children under age 6. 


Are you seeking a rewarding volunteer experience?

The Betsy-Tacy Society (BTS) has a great opportunity for you! 

Do you like meeting new people from across the country and the world?

Volunteer docents are needed to provide guided tours of the national literary landmark childhood homes of author Maud Hart Lovelace and her best friend Frances “Bick” Kenney (the fictional characters of Betsy and Tacy) located at 332 & 333 Center Street in Mankato.

Perhaps you would enjoy working in the Betsy-Tacy Gift Shop? Or are you interested in participating in one of our special events?There are a variety of volunteer options available to fit your area of interest. 

Training is provided and the time commitment varies. The BTS relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to operate these historic house museums and keep them open to the public. Volunteering a few hours makes a big difference!

Please call 507-345-9777 or email us to learn about volunteer opportunities this year.



NEW in the Gift Shop!


 Lois Lenski Storycatcher
by Bobbie Malone

Lois Lenski is the illustrator of the first four Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace.  






Introducing Deep Valley Red and

Deep Valley White special label wines!

Betsy-Tacy Society has partnered with

Chankaksa Wines

A portion of the sales benefit the BTS.


Deep Valley Wine from Chankaska Creek makes a wonderful gift! Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery is located in a beautiful country setting just a few miles north of Mankato on North Riverfront Drive to Hwy 22 No. Watch for the sign for Chankaska Creek Winery on Hwy 22 N. It's easy to use old Hwy 22 North to St. Peter as a detour this summer while Hwy 169 is closed. Chankaska Creek will ship to the following states: MN, IA, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, and MT. Call to place your order for shipping 507-931-0089. Stop by Chankaska Creek and get yours while supplies last.


Thank you for attending the


 JUNE 24-27, 2016 

Celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace & the Betsy-Tacy books

We enjoyed your visit!

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Winners of the Deep Valley Writers Competition


1st Place (age 8-10 division) - Eva Madelyn James for

"Ms Butter and the Big Rock"







1st Place (age 11-13 division) - Rachel Evans for "Courage to Speak"







Winners of the Betsy, Tacy & Tib Contest

Betsy Ray - Rosalita Jones 

Tacy Kelly - Lily Geyer

Tib Mueller - Clare Duncan





Winners of the Young Artist Competition

1st Place (age 7-8 division)

Aidan Klammer for illustration of "Uncle Tom's Cabin"








1st Place (age 9-10 division)

Kate North for illustration of "Betsy's Desk"










Emerald Sponsors

Barnes & Noble - Mankato River Hills Mall

River City Quilts
Stones Throw Gallery


Thank you to all who exhibited, volunteered
or attended the
The Deep Valley Book Festival is sponsored by the Betsy-Tacy Society in connection
with the Deep Valley Homecoming in celebration of author Maud Hart Lovelace.
(Photo - Author Faith Sullivan speaking at the 2016 Deep Valley Book Festival.)   


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