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 Betsy-Tacy's Deep Valley




The Betsy-Tacy Society invites you to a ...

Deep Valley Homecoming
June 28 - July 2, 2014
 Experience Maud Hart Lovelace's Deep Valley
Step into life in Mankato at the turn of the 20th century
You are invited to come to Deep Valley for a celebration of Maud Hart Lovelace and the Betsy-Tacy books!
There will be Betsy-Tacy House Tours, Betsy-Tacy Neighborhood Walking Tour, Historic Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour, "Forget-me-not Tea Party, A Victorian Afternoon in Sibley (Page Park), Presbyterian Church service and tour, Discover Deep Valley Bus Tour, Maud's Historical Novels, "Mrs. Chubbock's Trunk Talk," Stories from Little Syria, Morning with Maud in Lincoln School, Front Street exhibit and program, Boy in Blue Lincoln Park band concert, costumed interpreters, carriage rides, gift shop and more...


2014 Deep Valley Homecoming Program Schedule




An Invitation to Betsy's Birthday Party

April 26th - Noon - 3 PM

For more information on tours and admissons see Betsy-Tacy Calendar of Events

Celebrate the birthday of author Maud Hart Lovelace at her childhood home in Mankato. Step back in time to the early 1900s in "Deep Valley". Take part in an old-fashioned birthday party with cake and lemonade served by costumed characters, tour historic homes, play old fashioned birthday games.




Winners of the Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award to be announced April 25th!

Watch here for the winners of the 2013-2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Award to be announced on Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday, April 25th!

There will also be a celebration of the winners and announcements of 2014-15 Maud Hart Lovelace Nomininees at the Red Balloon Book Shop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN., on Saturday, April 26th at 2:00 PM for the celebration of the winners, birthday cake and a visit from" Maud herself!" 



 (SCC) South Central Collage Annual Online Auction "Ended"

To view SCC auction visit

January 28, 2014 - February 5, 2014 - The Betsy-Tacy Society donated a Gift Basket to the South Central College Annual Online Auction in supporting programs and student scholarships. We would like everyone to "Thank" our volunteer staff and students from South Central College (SCC) who helped with the restoration of Betsy's house by bidding on items listed on the SCC Annual Online Auction website.





February 9, 2014 - Mankato Symphony Orchestra - 3:00 PM - Mankato West High School - Music of Jim Henson and the Muppets. One of the songs is about words that start with the letter "L" and their very clever arranger has come up with a bunch of Minnesota references, one of which is Maud Hart Lovelace, incorporating a glimpse of author, Maud Hart Lovelace and her storybook characters, Betsy, Tacy and Tib. Tickets available at

March 11 - 12, 2014 - Betsy-Tacy Society Presenters - Young Writers and Artist Conference @ Bethany Lutheran College - Registration required. For more information including a brochure visit: Enrichment/Young-Writers---Artists-Conference.aspx.
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:




BTS featured on KSMQ Off 90

KSMQ (Public Television for southern Minnesota and northern Iowa)

 The episode will be available on YouTube and at beginning Tuesday, January 21



A “Special Delivery” 

has arrived and is waiting for you to open.....


As we roll out the New Year, the Betsy-Tacy Society is introducing an exciting way for you to help fund our mission and preserve the works of Maud Hart Lovelace and the literary landmark childhood homes of Maud and her best friend, Frances “Bick” Kenney.

You will have the opportunity to fulfill your personal and business event printing needs with a portion of all sales supporting the Betsy-Tacy Society. 

This website will continue to offer inspiring ideas and trends for making life’s celebrations a moment to cherish or create an event with lasting impressions. We are proud to partner with Carlson Craft™ located in “Maud’s Deep Valley,” Mankato, MN.


Our door is open for all visitors!

  Thank you for all the ways you support BTS!

Susan Orchard
Executive Director
Betsy-Tacy Society



"From all of us at the Betsy-Tacy Society, Happy New Year!" 



Every donation makes a difference...

 It's not too late to donate for 2013! Your contribution will help with the restoration and maintenance for the literary childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace and her best friend, Frances "Bick" Kenney.  As a non-profit organization, BTS depends on people like you to carry out our mission. Your gift truly makes a difference by helping us support these literary landmarks for future generations. 

 Please make your contribution to BTS today!





Welcoming in the beginning of a New Year! 


2013 has come to an end and we especially "thank" our

Betsy-Tacy members, donors, volunteers

and fans who made it possible to continue sharing

the literary childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace

and her best friend, Frances "Bick" Kenney. 

We look forward to the new year filling the houses with vistors

who love the Betsy-Tacy books and want to see if it's how they imagined

the stories unfolded when they read through the series. 

We invite you to come walk the pathway to Betsy's house

 reading the pavers along the way.

You'll be inspired to pick up a Betsy-Tacy book

and find your favorite quote. 




"Thank you for supporting the Betsy-Tacy Society

on GiveMN to the Max Day

November 14, 2013"



 Deep Valley News

Celebrate 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.

 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 as a spiral bound edition and it has been out of print for a number of years. The

new edition is a bound soft-cover book with fullcolor publishing. Don't miss this

opportunity to add these books to your Lovelace library!

Books are available to order online at




Click on the new blog - Betsy-Tacy's Deep Valley!  


Betsy-Tacy's Deep Valley 




Congratulations to the Betsy-Tacy Society Restoration Committee!



The Betsy-Tacy Society received a $3,740 grant from the City of Mankato Community Grant Program for 2013. This grant will allow the society to continue with the restoration of the childhood home of Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy's House) to it's original 1900 condition, funding the restoration of the second floor. The Betsy-Tacy houses were designated in 2010 as historic literary landmarks and are located in the heart of the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Betsy's house restored as a museum furnished to the 1900 era when the author lived here and upon which the Betsy-Tacy series of books are based and Tacy's house an interpretive center together serve to educate the community and visitors about Mankato life at the turn of the century. The grant was written and submitted by the BTS Restoration Committee: Michelle Mays, Julie Schrader & Candy and Doug Laven.





Thank you for supporting the Betsy-Tacy Society


during the Barnes & Noble Bookfair!





A Trip To The Library


"Are you looking for the Children's Room?" she asked. Betsy beamed in response. "Well not exactly. That is, I'd like to see it. But I may not want to read just in the Children's Room." "You don't think so? asked the young lady, sounding surprised. "No. You see," explained Betsy, "I want to read the classics." "You do?" "Yes. All of them."



 Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace  





The Historic Betsy-Tacy landmarks in Mankato are open for visitors.

The 2013 Season opened for Saturday Tours & Visits on March 2nd.  We are ready for guests and to share new items added to the museum at Betsy's House and the interpretive center at Tacy's House.   




Congratulations to the Betsy-Tacy Society Archive Committee!


The Betsy-Tacy Society received a $3,000 grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation. This grant will allow the society to acquire the needed items and supplies to properly display, archive and store their growing Lovelace collection. The grant will fund a new computer system, camera, MultiMedia & Digital Imaging for PastPerfect museum software, museum display cabinet, lighting and archival storage supplies. The grant was written and submitted by the BTS Archive Committee (Candy Laven, Julie Schrader, Lona Falenczykowski and Kelly Reuter).

The BTS archival collection consists of historical and personal items that belonged to the author Maud Hart Lovelace and her family. The collection also includes period household items and furniture displayed in the childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace and Frances ‘Bick’ Kenney (Betsy and Tacy houses). These houses were designated literary landmarks in 2010 and are furnished to the 1900 era when the author lived here and upon which the Betsy-Tacy series of books are based.




November 10th: Book Release for 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


New Betsy-Tacy Treasury now on sale

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.

Order this book today!  







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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