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   2015 Deep Valley Homecoming 

A Celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace & the Betsy-Tacy books!

June 26 - 30, 2015 

Make plans to attend this event. Fun for the entire family!

 Activities include: Betsy & Tacy House Tours, Betsy-Tacy Neighborhood Tour, Narrated Horse-drawn Trolley Rides, Discover Deep Valley Bus Tours, Deep Valley Victorian Tea, Book Festival, Fashion Show, Play, Living History Actors, Programs, Speakers & Re-enactments, Gift Shop & Exhibits & Music, Vintage Car Show, food & crafts and more! 

                                   Print Pre-Registration Form  and Itinerary here



We are excited to announce that Melissa Wiley will be the feature speaker at the Deep Valley Homecoming (DVH) this summer. Melissa Wiley is the author of The Prairie Thief, Fox and Crow Are Not Friends, and the Inch and Roly series, as well as Little House in the Highlands and seven other novels about the ancestors of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Melissa wrote the forward to the HarperPerennial ModernClassics 2010 edition of Carney’s House Party and Winona’s Pony Cart by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Joining Melissa Wiley as featured speaker will be Nancy McCabe, author of From Little Houses to Little Women. Her book is a memoir about her return to the beloved books of her childhood and travel to places related to her favorite authors, including Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maud Hart Lovelace, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott. 

Melissa and Nancy will participate in the Deep Valley Book Festival on Sunday, June 28 and will each speak during the DVH programs on Monday, June 29. We’ll have more details about what you can look forward to from these authors and all of our other speakers and presenters in the coming days. 
Meals during the DVH event. In order to keep registration fees low and affordable, guests are on their own for most meals. The only meals that are included in the pre-registration fee is dinner on Friday night, June 26 and lunch on Monday, June 29. Our registration packets will have information about restaurants in the area. 


Hotel Information 

We encourage you to book a hotel room early for your visit to Deep Valley!

 A block of rooms have been reserved at the following hotels - ask for rates for the Deep Valley Homecoming:

AmericInn - Call 507-345-8011 (special rate $129.99 + tax)

Best Western Hotel - Call 507-625-9333 (special rates $109.99 - $69.99 + tax)

City Center Hotel- Call 507-345-1234 (special rates $81.00 - $120.00 + tax)

  Hilton Garden Inn - Call 507-344-1111 (special rates $89.00 - $139.00 + tax)  Click Here to reserve your room online


 Call for Authors!

One of the events during the Deep Valley Homecoming will be a book festival on Sunday, June 28, 2015. 

If you're an author and would like space to promote and sell your book/books, Click here for application.

 Author application - early bird deadline is April 15th. Final deadline is May 15th.



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Maud Hart Lovelace Youth Book Club

 Sponsored by Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y., Minnesota Heritage Publishing, Betsy-Tacy Society and the Blue Earth County Historical Society 

The book club is for children ages 9-12 and 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. In order to participate, participants must complete the application form and submit it no later than January 1, 2015 to: Blue Earth County Historical Society, Attn: Rural Lit RALLY Book Club, 415 Cherry St., 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. 

Book Club Meeting Schedule:                                                                                                                                                                                        

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 



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