Betsy-Tacy Society Newsletter | June 2016
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2016 Deep Valley
Homecoming News

June 24 - 27, 2016
We're just one short week away from the 2016 Deep Valley Homecoming and excited to share this event with you! 

If you haven't pre-registered, we still have some space available and are selling tickets while supplies last. This price menu lists individual tickets available. Click on links for more information.
Friday, June 24
Chankaska Creek Winery Social &
     Maud Hixson Concert - $25
Saturday, June 25 - Narrated Trolley Rides - $7
Saturday, June 25 - Betsy & Joe dramatic play - $15
Sunday, June 26 - Deep Valley Victorian Tea - $25
 (advance tickets for tea available through June 23 only)
Monday, June 27 - Maud's Deep Valley
     (includes Stories from Little Syria) - $25
Monday, June 27 - Stories from Little Syria (only) - $5
Tickets for the Betsy-Tacy house tours are available at the door.

Listening For Your Song
A musical companion to the Betsy-Tacy books by singer Maud Hixson
This project came to life thanks to a generous number of supporters that pledged through The album contains 20 songs from the Betsy-Tacy books. Join us for the CD release and concert:
Friday, June 24, 2016
Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery
6 pm Deep Valley Wine Tasting & Social
7 pm "Listening for Your Song" concert
Tickets: $25
Deep Valley Homecoming registered guests - tickets included in your registration. 
If you can't attend the concert, but want to order a CD
visit our online gift shop.
Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery has created two special Deep Valley wine labels. Deep Valley Red and Deep Valley White limited edition wines will debut at the 2016 Deep Valley Homecoming on Friday, June 24. Chankaska is donating a percentage of the sales to the BTS. 
Dramatic play based on the book Betsy and Joe by Maud Hart Lovelace
has been adapted by Grace Webb and will be
performed by the Deep Valley Players. 

Saturday, June 25 @ 7:00 pm
Tickets - $15 Adults, $7 Child (age 15 & under)

Join us for a ...

Deep Valley Victorian Tea

at the Historic Old Main Village 
Sunday June 26 @ 5:00 pm
Tickets - $25 Adults, $20 Child (age 12 & under)
Tickets available through June 23 ONLY. 
A Day in the Betsy-Tacy Neighborhood
Saturday, June 25

Guided Betsy-Tacy House tours
Living History Actors
Narrated Trolley Rides
Betsy-Tacy Child's Tea Party
Betsy, Tacy & Tib Contest
Make Colored Sand Bottles
Learn about the History of Lincoln Park from Judge Hodges
"Everything Pudding" Reader's Theater & Deep Valley Dance Lessons
Young Illustrator Display @ Carnegie Art Center


A tour of the historic First Presbyterian Church begins at 9 am. The church service with traditional Welsh music begins at 10 am. See where members of the Crowd attended Christian Endeavor in Heaven to Betsy. After the service, visitors are invited for coffee and refreshments in the fellowship hall, where a historical exhibit is on display. Meet members of the church whose families have ties to Maud Hart Lovelace.

          In this Issue
Maud's Deep Valley

Monday, June 27 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
at the Blue Earth County History Center
Tickets: $25 for the entire day (lunch included)

Special Guest Speakers
Susan Haggberg-Miller presents Victorian Lady Fashions. She shares items from her collection of authentic vintage clothes as she demonstrates dressing in Victorian times. 

Teresa Mercier presents two programs, Miscellany from Murmuring Lake (from a scrapbook that belonged to Maud's grandmother, Albertine Palmer Austin) and Q, the Girl Columnist (the character from Betsy's Wedding based on Darragh Aldrich, a journalist at the Minneapolis Tribune).

After lunch we'll take a stroll down 5th Street to the Blue Earth County Courthouse for a tour where Maud's father, Thomas Hart worked as the Blue Earth County Treasurer. 

Exhibits and demos include Sewing Like Miss Mix by Anne Kusilek, Albertine's Millinary Shop and Hart's Shoe Store by Susan Hynes, and a doll hat craft. 

Stories from Little Syria will take place at Elks Nature Center in Rasmussen Woods (formerly the area of the fictional Little Syria). Living History Actors will tell the story of Little Syria and Emily of Deep Valley. You don't want to miss this! 

Deep Valley Book Festival

June 26, 2016
at Mankato's Historic Sibley Park (Page Park)


Meet Award Winning Author
Faith Sullivan

A special program, Conversations with Faith Sullivan is exclusive to Deep Valley Homecoming registered guests only. An up close and personal discussion with the award-winning author. Must show your DVH pass for entry.

2016 Participating Authors & Illustrators
Tanya Arends
Eileen Beha
Michele Breza
Polly Carlson-Voiles
Kirstin Cronn-Mills
Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Norman Draper
Samantha Evans
Lanna Farell
Gordon Fredericksen
Linda Hachfield

Rachael Hanel
Kristen Heimerl
Linda Henry
Jan Holte
Anne Kerr
Barbara Longley
Patrick Mader
Colin Mustful
Sheryl Peterson
Michel Prince
Julie Schrader
Cynthia Sowden
Bryce Stenzel
Faith Sullivan
Barb Svedahl
Connie Claire Szarke
Shelley Tougas
Kristin Van Risseghem
Laurie Wetzel

2016 Participating Publishers
Diamanda Publishing
Holy Cow! Press
Homegrown Communications
Kasian Publishing
Mankato Free Press
Minnesota Heritage Publishing
Two Guys From Scott County

2016 Participating Literary Organizations
Betsy-Tacy Society
Sisters in Ink
Fun For Everyone!
  • Visit with your favorite author or discover a new author
  • Book sales
  • Panel Discussions
  • Children's Village tent with programs for all ages
  • Dougy's Twisting Balloon Artist
  • Lonesome Ron & the Gambler
  • Food Vendors

When shopping on,  click on Your Account and scroll down to Choose or Change Your Charity. Type in Betsy-Tacy Society and choose us as your charity.

The Betsy-Tacy Society will receive .5% of the price of eligible purchases. 

The more you shop, the more we receive! Thank you for your support!

April - December 2016
Open weekly for tours on Fridays & Saturdays
1 pm - 4 pm

$5  Adults
$2  Youth 6-16
FREE: BTS members & children five & under

For special tours, please make arrangements
two weeks in advance.

Plan your visit to Deep Valley!

Are you interested in participating in one of our special events? Or maybe you would like to guide tours or help in the gift shop? There are a variety of volunteer options available to fit your area of interest. Please call 507-345-9777 or email us to learn about volunteer opportunities this year.

To promote and to preserve Maud Hart Lovelace's legacy and her work, encourage and support literacy and conserve historic Betsy-Tacy literary landmarks in Mankato.
Betsy-Tacy Society
P.O. Box 94
Mankato, MN 56002-0094



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