Paper Doll Fundraiser

Betsy, Tacy & Friends Paper Dolls: Hill Street Collection

Share Betsy’s happy times on Hill Street in Deep Valley! Here, for the first time, is your very own collection of paper dolls inspired by the classic Betsy-Tacy books by beloved author, Maud Hart Lovelace. Inside this book you’ll find 8 paper dolls, Betsy and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Ray (Papa and Mama), Julia and Margaret. You’ll also find Betsy’s childhood friends, Tacy, Tib and Winona. Their wardrobes reflect the descriptions in the Betsy-Tacy books.

Minnesota Heritage Publishing is generously sharing a portion of sales for this new paper doll book with the Betsy-Tacy Society, until the end of November.

Illustrated by Eileen Rudisill Miller
Based on the beloved books
by Maud Hart Lovelace

Publish Date: October 2020
Pages: 32 Full Color
Size: 8.5” x 11”
Retail: $18.00

For more information and to order (shipping or local pick up):

Use this code for $5 of each paper doll book sale to go to the Betsy-Tacy Society:
BTS2020 (expires 11/30/20)

Use this code for $5 off an order of $30 or more:
Books2020 (expires 12/31/20)

Save the Date

Maud Hixson Zoom concert

This event was to celebrate our annual fall membership drive. If you would like to renew your membership, or purchase a new adult or child membership, you may do so on our website, or by sending the completed membership forms and a check to:

Betsy-Tacy Society
P.O. Box 94
Mankato, MN 56002

Many thanks to everyone who attended the live Zoom concert with Maud Hixson! It was a wonderfully successful event, and we look forward to offering more virtual programming in the future. Ticket ordering for this event is now closed.

You can still purchase the music that Maud Hixson performed as a CD:
Listening For Your Song by Maud Hixson CD, $15

Her album is also available as an MP3 download:

You may also be interested in:
Betsy-Tacy Songbbook, $25

You can purchase Maud Hixson’s other CD’s on her website, by clicking here.

*We use PayPal to accept credit and debit payments. If you prefer not to use PayPal, you can pay for shop items and memberships by mailing a check to the BTS, by calling, or by sending an email.

Betsy-Tacy Society Closed until further notice

With the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Betsy-Tacy Society has made the decision to protect our volunteers and staff by closing our doors until further notice. We are postponing all events and private tours until it is safe to allow visitors access to the homes.

However, we will continue to process online orders at

Please check our Facebook page for any updates.  If you have questions, please call 507-345-9777.

As always, thank you for your support and understanding. I hope you are able to use this time to return to the world of Maud’s Deep Valley!

We are very saddened to announce the passing of Julie Abdo, mother of our board member Libby Abdo, and a dedicated supporter of the BTS. Her love of Betsy-Tacy was surely influenced by her late father, Ken Berg, long-time editor of the Mankato Free Press and author of a children’s biography of Maud Hart Lovelace. Julie was responsible for bringing Maud’s THE TREES KNEEL AT CHRISTMAS, with its sensitive depiction of an immigrant family, back into print, and she donated time, energy and considerable funds to the organization over many years. Her family is continuing that tradition by requesting that contributions in Julie’s memory be made to the BTS. Our deepest condolences go to Julie’s husband Jay, her children and grandchildren, and to the many others whose lives she touched.

Betsy’s Birthday Party (2018)

April 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Learn to journal like Betsy!

Want to be and author when your grow up? So did Betsy Ray (Maud Hart Lovelace)! And she did so with the help of her journals. You, too, can be a writer! Join us for an afternoon of journaling. We’ll brainstorm ideas for writing exercises together, and discuss how to write about our day-to-day lives. Guided tours will also be available, for an additional $5. We will provide journals, pencils, and a party favor to take home. We’ll also serve cake and punch!

Any questions, please email or call (507) 345-9777


April 28
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Tacy’s House
332 Center Street
Mankato, MN 56001 United States
Betsy and Trunk