August 2013 Deep Valley Sun e-Newsletter. Vol 1. Issue 1. 

Deep Valley Sun



To share Betsy's and Tacy's Deep Valley

Two Books to Be Reprinted

This fall Minnesota Heritage Publishing will be reprinting Orange Blossoms Everywhere by the Southern California Chapter of the Betsy-Tacy Society and One Stayed at Welcome by Maud and Delos Lovelace.

Orange Blossoms Everywhere tells the story of Maud and Delos in California from 1953-1980. Merian Lovelace Kirchner gave the Southern California Chapter of the Betsy-Tacy Society permission to use selections of Maud's diaries. The reprint of this book will have new photographs and be in soft cover. 

One Stayed At Welcome tells the story of two young men who came from different parts of  the Eastern United States to claim land in Minnesota shortly after the Mexican War. The two founded a town named Welcome. As the title states, only one man stayed in Welcome. Maud did most of the research and Delos worked on the plot, but the two shared in the writing. 

Visit Minnesota Heritage Publishing for more details. 

This article is a summarization of Julie Schrader's blog, July 2013. 

Above- Illustration by Lois Lenski © HarperCollins Publishing

Mankato River Ramble to Include Betsy-Tacy Houses

The 3rd annual Mankato River Ramble will take place Sunday, October 6th from 9 am to 1 pm. The Mankato River Ramble offers four scenic tours and four rest stops for participants. Participants can also enjoy live music, treats, and beverages.

This year, cyclists can choose to take a two mile side-trip from the Red Jacket Trail to the homes of Betsy and Tacy. Volunteer re-enactors  in Victorian costumes will share Maud's story on the front porches. Riders making a $5 donation may take a guided tour of the houses from 9 am – 1 pm on October 6th

This event is sponsored by the Mankato Bike and Walk Advocates as well as the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. 

The Piano Box Arrives! 

A special "Thank You" goes to Chris Swart for building a piano box for the Betsy-Tacy Society. The piano box was one of the most special meeting places for Betsy and Tacy. Now young fans visiting Betsy's house can have a special place for imaginative play, just as Betsy and Tacy did. 

"Betsy and Tacy soon had places which belonged to them. The bench on the hill was the first one. The second one, and the dearest for several years, was the piano box. This was their headquarters, their playhouse, the center of all of their games."

From Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace

Work Being Done on Betsy's House

Restoration work has started on the two upstairs bedrooms at the Betsy House. The bedroom walls are made of plaster and lathe and over the last 120 years have been covered with layers of wallpaper and paint. The plaster was in poor condition and the electrical service needed updating, so the Society wrote and received a $3,740 grant from the City of Mankato Community Grant Program  to restore the rooms.

Douglas John Laven Construction has nearly completed the restoration project and soon the walls will be ready for wallpaper, and the woodwork and plank floors ready for a new coat of paint. Interestingly, Betsy’s bedroom has always had a blue motif paper or was painted a blue hue.

While there is still a lot of work to do before the bedrooms are ready for public viewing, the Betsy-Tacy Society is very excited with the progress. 

Learn More On New Vlog 

We love our members! Your membership helps us to support our mission of preserving and sharing Betsy and Tacy's Deep Valley. We hope that you have an opportunity to visit Mankato and tour the homes. You can also view this new vlog created by Visit Greater Mankato. 

You can renew your membership, make contributions, and learn more on our website: .

From the Archives...

Did you know that Betsy's house and Tacy's house are home to many archives and special pieces from Maud and Bick's lives? If you are in the Mankato area, or would like to schedule a special visit, please email Su at

Above are two very special pieces. On the left is the galley copy of Early Candlelight. The item on the right is one of the first six bound copies of Early Candlelight sent to Maud from the publisher, Jack Walsh. The inscription reads "With greetings and enthusiastic compliments. Richard J. Walsh, July 23, 1929".

Take a Tour...

332 and 333 Center St., Mankato, MN


Open April-December,
Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Tours of Betsy's House: 1:00, 1:30,
2:00, and 2:30 p.m.

Special tours also available!
Click here for more details. 

"We'll have lots of fun," said Betsy. "You and me and Tacy. Lots of things will happen."
        And so they did. 

From Betsy-Tacy,  by Maud Hart Lovelace

Keeping In Touch

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address?  Please remember to notify the Betsy-Tacy Society of these changes.  You may make changes on the Members Only section of our website or contact us at  We'd be happy to update your contact info.
Stay Tuned!

Learn more about Betsy-Tacy, which will be featured on the TV show Off 90, which airs on KSMQ out of Austin, MN. More details to come!

Happy Birthday, Betsy!

Betsy's birthday was celebrated on April 27th. There were games, tours, and treats. Check out the amazing cake (above) made by volunteer Candy Laven! 

Happy Birthday, Tacy! 

Tacy's birthday was celebrated on July 13th. Thank you to everyone who brought cupcakes for the fun event. Look at the great costumes! (See photo above.)

Copyright © 2010 

By Cheryl Harness

Copyright © 2010 

By Cheryl Harness

Coloring Book-Copyright © 2010 By Cheryl Harness

Cheryl Harness to Visit

Author and artist Cheryl Harness will be visiting Amboy, MN for the    Arts 'n' More Festival September 6-9th. On Friday evening, September 6th, Cheryl will be hosting a special program at Amboy School. The theme of this year's festival is "Tell Your Story". 

Cheryl Harness is the author of over 40 books, and she is a nationally known artist. She works with various mediums including watercolors, pen and ink, and charcoal sketching. She has also sculpted miniature figures of characters from the Betsy-Tacy series. 

In June, 2013 the Betsy-Tacy Society received a special request for a tour (see excerpt below).


We are four college seniors who all love the Betsy-Tacy books. We've all been reading them since we were very young, and during our freshman year, we were thrilled and surprised to discover that though we were randomly assigned roommates from very different backgrounds, we all shared a fondness for these beautiful books that we did not know many other people had read!
After four years as roommates, we are graduating this spring and heading to jobs scattered across three time zones and two continents. To cap off our years of living together, we hoped to take a very special road trip: a pilgrimage to the homes of Betsy and Tacy....

Stay tuned for the next newsletter to read the letter which details the special experience shared by these four friends: Heather Hawkes, Isamar Vega, Julie Zauzmer and Nancy Chen. 
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