Deep Valley Book Festival Cabin Fever Edition

March 6 & 7, 2021

Deep Valley Book festival logo

Come join the Betsy-Tacy Society and a host of authors, illustrators, publishers and  literary organizations at this free two-day virtual book festival.  Filled with programs and panel discussions on writing and publishing, lots of giveaways and autographed books, and opportunities to discover and support  new and established authors, this is a wonderful celebration of reading and writing that is not to be missed!

All events are FREE, but you need to register for each one you want to attend. Check out the schedule and register here.

Membership News

BTS Valentine

Calling all Betsy-Tacy Society members! We’re working on updating our membership records and want to make sure yours is correct. Since June 2020, we’ve emailed three E-Blasts (the last one was in December) and sent by mail a Deep Valley Sun newsletter in October, a membership promotion piece in November, and a Valentine in February. If you believe you’re a member but didn’t get any of those things (or just got the membership promo in November), please let us know if you’ve moved or changed your email address by contacting us at

If you’re not a member but you’d like to be (you really don’t want to miss out on another of these publications!) you can do so here.

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.