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Maud Hart Lovelace Book Club


Sponsored by Rural Lit RALLY, Minnesota Heritage Publishing, Betsy-Tacy Society and
the Blue Earth County Historical Society


The Rural Lit RALLY Initiative, from its inception as a tangible effort in April 2011, has worked hard to renew interest in this important part of our nation’s memory. We have been able to get young adults reading and writing about rural literature through a grant funded program; we currently have three reading groups in place, with an average of 19 students reading one rural novel in each of the two academic semesters.

Minnesota Heritage Publishing Inc. and the Blue Earth County Historical Society have partnered to form a reading group in Mankato, MN. The group will meet the second Saturday of each month from January through May, 2015, from 1-3 p.m. reading the Betsy-Tacy Treasury. The book club is free and a copy of the book is provided for the participants.

The Rural Lit RALLY reading group is for children ages 9-12. In order to participate, participants must complete the application form and submit it no later than December 1 to:

Blue Earth County Historical Society
Attn: Rural Lit RALLY Book Club
415 Cherry Street
Mankato MN 56001

There can only be 12 participants in the group. Students are required to attend each monthly meeting, have read the book assigned before the meeting, discuss the book at the book club and at the end of the session, compose a well-written 2 page (double spaced) essay. 

Upon completion of the program, participants will recieve a certificate of participation from the Rural Lit RALLY, a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card, a $5 gift certificate from Minnesota Heritage Publishing and a $5 gift certificate to the BECHS Gift Shop.

January 10: Introduction to the Program and Maud Hart Lovelace
February 14: Discuss Betsy-Tacy 
March 14: Discuss Betsy, Tacy and Tib 
April 11: Discuss Betsy and Tacy  Go Over the Big Hill 
May 9: Discuss Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown 

Rural Lit RALLY

Minnesota Heritage Publishing




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Deep Valley Homecoming Farewell...

Until we meet again in Deep Valley...





Deep Valley Homecoming...Memories

 Thank you for celebrating author Maud Hart Lovelace and the Betsy-Tacy books with all of us as you took a step back into life in Mankato at the turn of the 20th century experiencing Maud Hart Lovelaces's Deep Valley.   May you be inspired to read the books again and again, visiting the places in Deep Valley shared by a writer's childhood memories.


2014 Deep Valley Homecoming Schedule Past Events

The Trees Kneel at Christmas by Maud Hart Lovelace now available!  Originally published in 1951, The Trees Kneel at Christmas is a timeless story, laid in Brooklyn.  It begins the night before Christmas Eve in Shehadi's flat, where Grandmother is telling a story to seven-year old Afify (Afeefee) and Hanna her five-year old brother. "Yes", she said the trees kneel at Christmas. Not in this country, though.  After Grandmother explans why the trees kneel at Christmas, Afify and Hanna hope to witness a similar miracle in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

For more information on how to add this book to your collection contact Susan Orchard at (507) 345-9777 or



2013 - 2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award - Maud Hart Lovelace is the author of the Betsy-Tacy books.

Since her death in 1980 a book award has been given each year in her honor. Each year 12 books are chosen by parents, teachers and librarians for each age division (Division 1:Grades 3-5 and Division 2:Grades 6-8). The winning book is chosen by students across the state of MN who read at least 3 of the nominated books.- MYRA Minnesota Youth Reading Award - Home of Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Award Book Award.
Read the 2013-14 Maud Hart Lovelace titles! Find the lists for Divisions I and II at:



CenterPoint Energy has awarded the Betsy-Tacy Society a $200.00 GIVE grant.  A check was presented in the name of the Betsy-Tacy Society to Rod Elbert, a CenterPoint Energy retiree who applied for this GIVE (Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees) grant on behalf of the Betsy-Tacy Society. The employees and retirees of CenterPoint Energy embody a spirit of giving and are dedicated to the well-being and development of the communities they serve. CenterPoint Energy is proud of these dedicated individuals and is equally committed to impacting the worthwhile organizations to which they devote their time and talent. CenterPoint Energy commended the Betsy-Tacy Society for the vital role they play in our community with continued success. As a recipient of the GIVE grant we are grateful for the contribution Rod has made in volunteering and supporting the Betsy-Tacy Society. We acknowledge his commitment and investment to the Betsy-Tacy Society.
For "VOLUNTEER" opportunities contact Susan Orchard, BTS Executive Director, 507 345-9777 or 



Deep Valley is celebrating the re-release of Maud and Delos Lovelace's first collaboration on a historical fiction novel,One Stayed at Welcome.This book was first published by the John Day  Company in 1934. After 79 years, it is now back in print with new cover art and an afterword. 

Order this book today!

Also re-released is Orange Blossoms Everywhere: The Story of Maud and Delos Lovelace in California, 1953-1980. The Southern California Chapter of the Betsy-Tacy Society first made this available in 1997 and it has been out of print for a number of years. This new edition is a bound soft-cover book with fullcolor publishing. 

Order this book today! 

Don't miss the opportunity to add these books to your Lovelace Library!



Collected Stories of Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace

12 published short stories written by Maud and Delos Lovelace (individually or in collaboration) between the years of 1915 – 1928. Original illustrations and magazine covers included. Edited by Julie Schrader, Minnesota Heritage Publishing.

"Having watched other collaborators getting into each other's hair and on other's nerves, we have reached the conclusion that happy collaborations, like happy marriages, are made in heaven." -Maud hart Lovelace

Betsy-Tacy Treasury

The first four books in the beloved Betsy-Tacy series are ready to delight a new generation of readers—and to bring a grownup generation of readers back to the engrossing stories of their youth. Following the childhoods of Betsy Ray and her friends in the late 1800s and early 1900s, this handsome anthology collects the original Betsy-Tacy as well as Betsy, Tacy and Tib, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. Forewords by Judy Blume, Esther Hautzig, and Johanna Hurwitz, and illustrations by Lois Lenski, will make readers of all ages feel at home in the imaginative life of young Betsy Ray as she awakens to the challenges and triumphs of her home in quaint Mankato, Minnesota.


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Share your Betsy-Tacy story!

Check out the new feature on our website. Click on the Share Stories button found at the top of this page. We invite you to share your Betsy-Tacy stories or experiences with us. Tell us why you like the Betsy-Tacy books and what they mean to you or tell us about your visit to Mankato (Deep Valley) and the Betsy-Tacy houses. Did you meet Maud? If so, tell us about it! We want to hear from you.


Emily of Deep Valley, Carney's House Party and Winona's Pony Cart now available!

On October 16, the Betsy-Tacy Society celebrated the rerelease of the Deep Valley books: Emily of Deep Valley and Carney's House Party/Winona's Pony Cart.

The forwards for these reissued books were written by Melissa Wiley and Mitali Perkins. The books also include supplemental biographical information on each of the characters immortalized by author Maud Hart Lovelace. Each book also includes a new biography and photo of illustrator Vera Neville. The books are for sale in the BTS online gift shop.

Learn more about the reissues in this article written by Sara Gilbert Frederick, which was published in the Mankato Free Press December 17, 2010.


BTS donates six Betsy-Tacy storybook kits to Traverse des Sioux library system

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, BTS was able to create six storybook kits built around themes extracted from Betsy-Tacy, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill and Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown. There are three distinct kits, designed sequentially, and BTS created duplicates to make the kits easier for people to access. The storybook kits will circulate throughout the nine county library system serving southern Minnesota. Each kit offers a book and several activities designed to enhance comprehension of the stories, themes and setting. If you live in the area, check them out — literally!


Betsy-Tacy houses designated National Literary Landmarks

In May, the childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace and Frances "Bick" Kenney were designated National Literary Landmarks by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association. Funding for the plaques was made possible through an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant. The Betsy-Tacy Society held a dedication ceremony on May 20, 2010. Click here for photos.

Betsy-Tacy houses designated Literary Landmarks by ALTAFF - Jillian Kalonick - American Libraries Magazine - May 28, 2010

Betsy and Tacy Houses dedication inspires Return to Past - Pat Christman - The Free Press - May 21, 2010

Literary Landmarks A Boon - Our View - The Free Press - May 21, 2010

Minnesota, Hail to Thee - Cheryl Harness blog - May 21, 2010

Betsy-Tacy Houses Dedicated as Literary Landmarks - Heather Ivester blog - May 18, 2010

Betsy-Tacy houses named literary landmarks - Tanner Kent - The Free Press - May 6, 2010


Out of Print Books Available

Looking for the Betsy-Tacy Companion or a hardcover copy of Winona's Pony Cart or Emily of Deep Valley?

Several NEW out of print books were donated to be used to raise funds for the Betsy-Tacy Society.

Your purchase helps support the BTS. Click on the link below for visit our online gift shop.

Betsy-Tacy Companion



The Betsy-Tacy high school books - $14.95 ea.

These Harper Perenial Modern Classic editions feature two novels in one volume, original cover artwork by Vera Neville, and forewords by bestselling authors Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman and Anna Quindlen.

The Black Angels was Maud's first novel, published in 1926 and has been out of print for years. Set in Minnesota in the 1860s, "The Black Angels" is the name given to a family who are passionate about singing. These musical prodigies decide to organize a concert troupe and start out with a covered wagon to the the country and make their fortunes. This historical fiction novel was based on the Andrews Opera Troupe who played in hundreds of communities in the Midwest during the mid-late 1800s. Click here to read the author's description.

Limited edition - Get your copy now! $12.95



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