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A new destination added to my "bucket list"

June 3, 2010

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of reading one (or all) of the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace, you’ll know why I want to visit Mankato, MN.  No offense to Mankato, but it’s not really a typical vacation hotspot.  But this series has been a part of my life for more years than I want to count.  I re-read the series several times in my youth, and recently read them again when I bought the complete set for my daughter on eBay.  (As a matter of fact, my daughter just mentioned today that if she ever has a boy and girl, she’s going to name them Elizabeth (Betsy) and Joseph (Joe) – that made my day.  Hopefully her future husband will be accomodating.)

Anyway, I digress.  The whole point of this entry is a news headline I came across on the American Library Association’s website.  Maud Hart Lovelace’s childhood home, and that of her best friend, have been designated Literary Landmarks.  I have followed their restoration on from time to time, and it’s very gratifying to see that these old homes which figured so prominently in these beloved stories are being preserved. 

PS:  If you’ve never read any of these books, you should!!  Check out your local library, or visit Barnes & Noble – these books are truly American classics.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2010 12:20 pm

    Thanks for the news. I loved these books also. I didn't read them as a child, but as a young mother with my daughter and we loved them. I'll have to check out the website. Good job keeping up your blog. I am impressed.

  2. June 10, 2010 4:53 am

    Thanks for your comment – it's always good to hear from a fellow Betsy-Tacy fan! I am certainly enjoying my daughter reading these, and talking about them with her.

  3. March 27, 2012 7:21 pm

    Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me–I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

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