Maud Hart Lovelace was born in Mankato, Minnesota in April, 1892*. Her family moved to Mineapolis after she had graduated in 1910.
Ms Lovelace developed an interest in writing and shortly became a well known author. In the 1940's she started writing about her early years in Mankato in the semi-autobiographical Betsy-Tacy series.
In the books Maud was Betsy Ray, her friends, Bick Kenney was Tacy Kelly and Midge Gerlach was Tib Muller. The stories took place in the town of Deep Valley.
*April 25, 1892 is the legal date for Maud's birthday. Her actual birth occurred about a half hour after midnight on April 26. However, because her mother wanted her to have the same birthday as her Uncle Jim's wife, Maud Maloney Hart(for whom she was named) the date was listed as April 25th.
Information from "The Betsy-Tacy Companion" by Sharla Scannell Whalen.
When Maud (Betsy) had her fifth birthday party on April 25, 1897 Bick Kenney (Tacy) gave her this pitcher as a present. It is now on display at the Mankato public library.
"She handed Betsy a package, looking down all the while.
The present was a little glass pitcher with a gold painted rim."
- Betsy-Tacy page 11
Betsy-Tacy Homes on TV!!
Recently Dean Johnson from the PBS home improvement show, Hometime, took his crew to Mankato and began restoration of "Betsy's" house from the Betsy-Tacy book series. The Betsy house was the girlhood home of author Maud Hart Lovelace and was the setting for several books in the series.
Hometime: Betsy-Tacy Homes, Restoration
Read About It
Hometime - 2005 Work
Hometime - 2007 Work, Part 1
Hometime - 2007 Work, Part 2
Betsy's House Restoration On DVD!
Included here will be photos and information related to the Maud Hart Lovelace series of Betsy-Tacy books.
For now please use the following links.
Map of Betsy's neighborhood-1900