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Are you seeking a rewarding volunteer experience?

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

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

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.

Stop by Chankaska Creek

and get yours while supplies last.


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.



Thank you for attending the


 JUNE 24-27, 2016 

Celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace & the Betsy-Tacy books

We enjoyed your visit!

See photos on facebook


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"




Winner of the door prize @ Chankaska Creek WineryLeila Mehdizadeh

Winner of the door prize @ Deep Valley Book Festival - Pete Eaton





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.


Authors & Illustrators
Literary Organizations
Sisters in Ink
 DVBF Entertainment Schedule
12:00 pm - Conversations with Author Faith Sullivan
This program exclusive to Deep Valley Homecoming registered guests only.
An up close and personal discussion with the award-winning author.
Must show your DVH pass for entry.
1:00 pm - Non-Fiction Writer's Panel - Panel members: Gordon Fredericksen, Bryce Stenzel, 
2:00 pm - Children's Book Writer's Panel - Panel members: Eileen Beha, Polly Carlson_Voiles, Kristen Heimerl, Sheryl Peterson
3:00 pm - Fiction Writer's Panel - Panel members: Norman Draper, Faith Sullivan, Laurie Wetzel
Children's Village schedule
11:30 am - Romp & Rhyme Story Time 
12:00 pm – New Books, New Friends
12:30 pm - Dougy's Twisting (Balloon artist)
1:00 pm - Yoga Story Time
1:30 pm – On Your Mark, Get Set...Read!
2:00 pm – New Books, New Friends 
2:30 pm – Deep Valley Writer’s Competition Awards
3:00 pm - Write a Superhero Workshop (recommended for ages 8-12) 
Dougy's Twisting Balloon Artist
Lonesome Ron and The Gambler 
Wandering Living History Characters
Cinderella Carriage & 1896 Ford Horseless Carriage built by Arnie Lillo
Allen's Food Wagon
Pizza Ranch
Vinnie's Minnesota Snow



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