Betsy-Tacy Society News | January 2016
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Happy 2016 from the Betsy-Tacy Society!
T.W. Hart's Christmas letter from 1886
The following letter was written December 26, 1886 by Thomas W. Hart while he was courting Stella Palmer. It was found years ago in the wall of 333 Center Street and donated to the Mankato Library by Mrs. Robert Murphy.
My dear Stella,
I received your most welcome letter some time ago and have started to answer two or three times but each and every time occurred to prevent until tonight I have been vary busy. Your Christmas gift to me arrived yesterday and truly Stella I am delighted with it. It is so much nicer than any present received by any of the boarders at Mrs. Trinques. Please accept many many thanks for the same and also accept from me a gift which you will find at the American Ex offices in your city – a gift that is old as the hills but still one I hope will please you. Please excuse my tardiness in getting it off but was disappointed in getting it. I have been vary busy the past week and am not feeling vary well al though I am not sick now that the rush is over I am going to get rested up and will be all right soon I hope. Jim has been working for Mr. R. James in China Hall the past week he is getting along nicely makes a good salesman so Mr. R. says. Miss Dunn has gone home to spend the Holidays. Dave is wandering around almost lost since she went away. Mrs. Trinque received lots of beautiful presents today. The gentlemen boarders chipped in and bought her a nice $10.00 hanging lamp with which she was delighted. I think she must have got $50.00 worth of presents in all. Hows that for an old lady? Mr. Beebe and his girl have gone to the Opera House tonight for an entertainment of some high fangled sort I have forgotten what it is.
What do you think of “My Partner now? He is coming out in great shape nothing small about him ha! Oh well I was young once myself. You can remember can’t you? Miss Walfram comes in the store every day now and has long personal interviews with Beebe. What’s that ah sign of? I tease him almost to death. I can bother him awfully. I had a letter from Mollie in which she wished to be remembered to you and said she had not heard from you for some time. I sent her a Christmas card today. Jim and I went up to Mr. Demerays today to dinner had a splendid dinner and a vary nice time. I think it was the best dinner I ever ate It seemed so funny to get out of the store for one whole day or afternoon rather for, I worked in the store till noon. Today seems like Sunday I can’t think it is Saturday Eve.
Alene Demaray has grown to be almost a young lady she is as tall as I am and so womanly poor girl to be left without a mother so young as she is. She was quite cheerful today but “What is home without a mother?” As I was coming back from supper tonight I stopped in and bid Miss Wilson a Merry Christmas. Jim was with me and she showed me a stack of presents about four feet high she was on her high heels she had a basket of nice muscat grapes a basket of nice oranges and vases, perfume. I can’t remember half of the things. Sister May is married I suppose all though I have not heard from her yet I think they are living in Alden, Minn. Mr. Crocker was in the store tonight he has just returned from a trip out west looking well. Mr. Tenney was just in the store he was exhibiting some vary nice presents which I received today. I wonder where we will spend next Christmas? I suppose in Mankato in some humble little wigwam eating turkey perhaps. I hope so.
Stella I believe I will close as I don’t want to try your temper too much by cyphering out this tardy ill written epistle so bidding you a kind farewell and wishing you a happy New Year also hoping you will write soon. I will close.
Ever your true friend,
T.W. Hart
BTS Website Upgrade
Many of you have already responded to our need and we are now $1,000 closer to our $8,000 goal!

 Betsy-Tacy Society Board of Directors has determined the design and launch of an upgraded website is a top priority in order to maintain daily operations. To receive the best possible benefits from a web presence we need your help to meet this immediate need.

Will you consider giving a tax-deductible gift to help the Betsy-Tacy Society launch an upgraded

Thank you for your continuing support!

Donate Online to BTS Website Upgrade (Scroll down and click DONATE)
Mail a check to the Betsy-Tacy Society,
Attn: Operations, PO Box 94, Mankato, MN 56002-0094. 
Pub Bucks BTS Fundraiser
Pub Bucks are still available for purchase at the Betsy-Tacy Society. Pay $5.00 for each Pub Buck and receive $10.00 to use towards anything on the Pub 500 menu! 

Proceeds are donated directly to BTS for every Buck purchased.

Call 507-345-9777 or email to purchase Pub Bucks and support the Betsy-Tacy Society.
 Maud Sings Maud Update

The Betsy-Tacy  Society wishes to  express our sincere thanks to all who contributed to the "Maud Sings Maud" kickstarter campaign! It was YOU who made this happen and we appreciate all of you!

A big thank you goes to Maud Hixson and her husband Rick Carlson for the talent, research, experience and effort it takes to create this historical music collection for the BTS. We celebrate this success and will keep you posted of future progress. Looking forward to an April delivery of the final work!

Volunteer in 2016
Are you interested in participating in one our special events? Maybe you would like to lend a hand in preparing the houses for our Spring opening?  There are a variety of volunteer options available to fit your area of interest!

Please call 507-345-9777 or email Meghan to learn about volunteer opportunities this year.
 In Memory of our Friend Laurie Pengra
Laurie Ann Pengra, a long-time friend, board member, and volunteer of the Betsy-Tacy Society recently past away after a long battle with cancer. The Betsy-Tacy Society has donated a paver to be set in the pathway to Betsy's house to forever honor Laurie's  lifetime of accomplishments and dedication to the Society.

Our cherished memories and prayers are with Laurie's family at this time. Laurie's presence is greatly missed.

Laurie's Obituary
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Betsy-Tacy Journal & Journal Gift Sets

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December Donors
Lynne Baab
Sunniva Brady
Judith Corons
Dena Fleurichamp
Cheryl Foote 
Helen Gift
Emily Gold
Cleo Grosscup
Kathryn Hanson
Margie Hanson
Carolyn Hinz
Mary Huntley
Carole Kenny
Mary Kivimaki
Mary & Dirk Landis
Marilyn & Alan Youel
Kris Norland
June Parnell
Laurie Pengra
Cornelia Pepoy
Anne Rickert
Julie Schrader
Ann Seigel
Mary Sherman
Courtney Taulbee
Cecilia Wirth
Thank you for your generous contributions to the Betsy-Tacy Society!
December Visitor Log

Albert Lea, MN
Apple Valley, MN
Bloomington, MN
Clarks Grove, MN
Cleveland, MN
Easton, MN
Ellendale, MN
Good Thunder, MN
Hollandale, MN
Lakeville, MN
Le Sueur, MN
Madelia, MN
Mankato, MN
Minneapolis, MN
New Richland, MN
North Mankato, MN
Owatonna, MN
Ramsey, MN
Rapidan, MN
Roseville, MN
St. Paul, MN
Vernon Center, MN
Victoria, MN
Waterville, MN
Waseca, MN
Winnebago, MN
Columbus, OH
Las Vegas, NV

We hope you enjoyed your visit to Deep Valley!

December Volunteers 

Destiny Alberty (Tacy)
Penny Banwart  (Grandma Newton)
Halle Blais  (Rena)
Susan & Bob Brown
Chris Christie
Claire Duncan (Tib)
Barb Dunker  (Miss Cobb, piano teacher)
Barb Eide
Kristi Etter & Mya Etter  (Tacy)
Kathryn Hanson (Grandma Newton)
Susan Hynes  (Mrs. Ray)
Kamryn Kitts (Julia/pianist)
Anne Knewtson
Candy & Doug Laven
Stacy Lienemann & Zoe Lienemann (Betsy)
Chevelle Lorentz (Margaret)
Michelle May
Taylor Meilke (Julia/pianist)
Brooke Melius & Bryce Melius (Betsy)
Rose Miller  (Julia/pianist)
Jacob Miller  (pianist)
Pat Nelson
Meghan Rodgers
Bonyta Saer  (Julia/pianist)
Tom Salsbery
Ken & Julie Schrader
Molly Smith
Norma Thomas
Tessi Truenbenbach
Sarah Urban (Rena)
Eileen Wells
Minnesota Valley Chorale
In Kind Donations:
Susan Brown
Chris Christie
Anne Knewtson
Candy Laven
Stacy Lienemann
Michelle May
Pat Nelson
Julie Schrader
Norma Thomas
Sarah Urban
Thank you to everyone who helped make Christmas at Betsy's House a success! 
Save the Date for DVH 2016! 

Deep Valley Homecoming 
June 24 - 27, 2016
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!
BTS Hours:

January - March 2016: Closed for the Season

Beginning April 2, 2016
Open weekly for tours on Saturdays       1 pm - 4 pm
Admission: $5 Adults, $2 Youth 6-16; BTS members and children 5 & under are free

Plan your visit to Deep Valley!

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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