Over four months of blogging have gone by here at Homeschool Discoveries, and I don’t think I have yet mentioned my favorite series of children’s books:
The ten book “Betsy-Tacy” series is closely based on the life of its author, Maud Hart Lovelace. Maud’s (“Betsy’s”) childhood home in Mankato (aka “Deep Valley”), along with the childhood home of her best friend Bick (“Tacy”) have been restored and are maintained as museums by the Betsy-Tacy Society.
(You can see “Tib’s” house too, but it isn’t a museum. Luckily for us fans, recent owners painted it chocolate brown and are totally used to random strangers snapping pictures of their house!)
One of my cousins was getting married this past Saturday in Mankato, Minnesota (both sides of my family are from Mankato originally, and I lived there for five years as a child). I’m a fan of the Betsy-Tacy Society on Facebook, and I just happened to notice that their annual celebration of the birthday of Betsy/Maud would be the same day (Maud’s actual birthday is April 25th). The timing was perfect (the celebration was happening during the few hours just before the wedding), and the location was convenient (the church was less than a mile away from the Betsy-Tacy houses!). How could we not go?
This was our second visit to the Betsy-Tacy houses. Two years ago this summer, we went on a tour of the houses along with the family of Miss M’s best friend (they are like real life Betsy-Tacy’s…they live across the street from each other and have a third friend around the corner!). We didn’t do the tour this time, but we enjoyed chatting with costumed character actors, having cake and lemonade and making May baskets.
If you are a big fan of the Betsy-Tacy series like us and like to do lapbooks, you can check out this lapbook I designed two years ago to go along with the first two books in the series.
And if you are a really devoted fan, you can learn more about the triennial(?) Betsy-Tacy convention this summer. Since the first day of the convention is here in my current city of Minneapolis, I am hoping that it will perhaps work out for me to attend that one day. 🙂