eNewsletter of the Betsy-Tacy Society.

(Image-Copyright 2010 by Cheryl Harness.)


Deep Valley Sun:

2013 Holiday Edition



                     To share Betsy's and Tacy's Deep Valley

          Celebrate a Victorian Christmas with

        Betsy and Tacy! 

       Join the Betsy-Tacy Society on Saturday, December 7th and Saturday, December 14th from 12-3 as they celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Betsy's House. There will be costumed characters, including Betsy and the Ray family, special events (see below)  as well as cookies, hot chocolate, and candy canes. Tacy's house will be open for holiday shopping including items from Mrs. Chubbock's Candy Store and special gift baskets. All are welcome to purchase an ornament for a dime just as Betsy, Tacy, Tib and  Winona did in Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown
Saturday, December 7th from 12-3 pm at Betsy's House:  MN Valley Chorale and Julie Schrader's book signing for One Stayed at Welcome and Orange Blossoms Everywhere by Maud and Delos Lovelace reprinted by MN Heritage Publishing. 
Saturday, December 14th from 12-3 pm at Betsy's House: Reading of The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Cheryl Harness.

For more details on these events, click here

Victorian Christmas Gift With Purchase of $50 or More! 

This holiday shopping season, receive a FREE Victorian Christmas Gift from the Betsy-Tacy Society with your purchase of $50 or more online or in the shop. 

To begin shopping, click here


Illustration by Vera Neville © HarperCollins Publishing

    Buttermilk Fudge

(Serves 8-10)

3 c sugar
1½ c buttermilk
1½ t soda
3 T butter
1 t vanilla

Heat mixture until it reaches the hardball stage using a candy thermometer. Then cook until the mixture holds its shape. Pour the mixture on a plate; cool until firm. Cut and Serve. 

This was a favorite among the teenage girls in the 1920s. They would make this for themselves when they got together or to give to their boyfriends. 

From Feeding Generations: Boarding House Fare and Family Oral Tradition, by Helen C. Gift, for sale at Tacy's House. 

From the Archives...

      Of all the Christmas tales that Maud shares in the Betsy-Tacy series, perhaps none is as cherished as the brass bowl story from Heaven to Betsy. If you recall, all Mrs. Ray wants for Christmas is the brass bowl in the store window. Mr. Ray, however, is adamant that he will not purchase this, as he wants to purchase her a mink. As Christmas nears, he weakens, and goes to buy Mrs. Ray her beloved brass bowl, but it is no longer in the store. Mr. Ray is informed that it has been purchased by an out-of-town customer. On Christmas morning, the family is surprised to see that the brass bowl has arrived in their house! Mrs. Ray had taken it upon herself to buy her own present! 
      The brass bowl can be seen at Tacy's house and serves as a fond reminder of the Ray family who so loved the holidays, fun, and of course, each other.

Illustration by Vera Neville © HarperCollins Publishing

Your Help is Needed! 

The Betsy-Tacy Society is looking for people who have special skills with newsletters and/or website maintenance. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sharry Swart at 


'Tis the Season for Holiday Shopping! 

You can find a wide variety of Betsy-Tacy books, memorabilia, and one-of-a-kind gifts online at the gift shop and the gift shop at Tacy's house. Here are just a few ideas...




Tote Bags



Click here to view all of the items available from the Gift Shop. 

Plus-20% off on It's a Betsy-Tacy World Logo Ladies Cut T's and Rugged Edged Totes!

Every purchase you make helps support Betsy's House!
(Maud Hart Lovelace's childhood home)

Betsy-Tacy License Plate Holders

Get them while you can! What better way to share with the world that you are a proud Betsy-Tacy fan than having a Betsy-Tacy license plate holder? Not only are they great for cars, but they can also act as fun picture frames. Shop our great selection of pictures as well. Supplies are limited, so shop early! 

Click here to purchase. 
2013 Annual BTS Meeting

The 2013 Annual BTS Meeting will be on December 12th at 332 Center Street, Mankato, MN (Tacy's house). The potluck dinner will begin at 5:30 with the meeting to follow at 6:30. Listen to KTOE for weather information. All are welcome! 


Pavers Make Great Gifts!

Engraved bricks are a permanent and meaningful way to:
• Memorialize or honor a loved one 
• Commemorate special occasions or accomplishments
• Promote your business
• Give a lasting gift

Click here to learn more. 

The Betsy-Tacy Society thanks all of the volunteers, donors, friends and guests. Your help and patronage helps support our mission. We wish you a wonderful holiday season! 


Copyright 2010 by Cheryl Harness.

   "I expect to believe in Santa Claus when I'm in high school," said Tacy. 
   "I expect to believe in him when I'm grown up and married," said Betsy. "I hear him on the roof every year; don't you, Tacy?"
   "Sure I do, And I've seen the reindeer go past the bedroom window, lots of times."
   "You see," explained Tib, "we've made an agreement about him. We've crossed our hearts and even signed a paper."
   "You three take the cake!" said Winona. "All right. I believe in him too."

From Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, by Maud Hart Lovelace

BTS Endowment Fund
Our society is richly blessed with members and friends who are dedicated to preserving the childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy)
and Frances "Bick" Kenney (Tacy). The endowment fund was established to receive and administer gifts and bequests to ensure that funds
are available to maintain the homes for current and future fans of Betsy and Tacy. 

At the October meeting, the Betsy-Tacy Society Board of Directors approved the Investment Policy for the Betsy-Tacy Society Endowment Fund. 
The board also approved adding funds from prior undesignated donations to allow a beginning investment of $25,000. We are in the process of 
securing a fund manager. 

For more information contact Kathy at

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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 94
Mankato, MN 56002-0094