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Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Maud Hart Lovelace

1892-1980

 
 
Maud Hart Lovelace Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 22, 2022
1. Maud Hart Lovelace Marker
Inscription.  
Born in Mankato on April 25, 1892, Maud Palmer Hart lived in this home at 333 Center Street until 1906. In 1897 Frances "Bick" Kenney moved into the house across the street, at 332 Center Street, and the two girls became lifelong best friends. They grew up surrounded by beautiful green hillsides, and from atop the hill behind her house, Maud could look down on Mankato and see Front Street, Sibley Park, and, far away in the valley, the "silver ribbon" of the Minnesota River.

From the time she could hold a pencil, Maud was writing diaries, poems, plays, and stories. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1910 and attended the University of Minnesota. She was the author of many published short stories, 6 adult novels and 18 children's books. With the publication of Betsy-Tacy in 1940, she began the successful series known as the Betsy-Tacy books, which were based on the lives of Maud (Betsy) and her friend Bick (Tacy). The stories of her childhood in Mankato (the fictionalized Deep Valley), small-town life, family traditions, and enduring friendships continue to capture the hearts of her fans.

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married author and journalist Delos W. Lovelace in 1917, and they had one daughter, Merian. Maud died March 11, 1980, in California, and as she requested, she was returned to her beloved Mankato and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery.
Researched and written by the Betsy-Tacy Society, 2007

[Caption on the reverse:]
This drawing of the "Hill Street" neighborhood by Lois Lenski, was printed as the end papers of the early editions of the first four Betsy-Tacy books.
Reprinted and used with permission from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc.

 
Erected by Betsy-Tacy Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1892.
 
Location. 44° 9.343′ N, 94° 0.388′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and East Lewis Street, on the right when traveling north on Center Street. Marker is on the south side of Maud Hart Lovelace's childhood home, marked "Betsy's House" and now a museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 331 Center St, Mankato MN 56001, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Childhood Home of Maud Hart Lovelace (here, next to this marker); Kenney House
Maud Hart Lovelace marker reverse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 22, 2022
2. Maud Hart Lovelace marker reverse
(within shouting distance of this marker); Childhood Home of Frances "Bick" Kenney (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Lincoln Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Hubbard House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Highland Park (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mankato.
 
Maud Hart Lovelace's childhood home, A.K.A. Betsy's House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By McGhiever, July 22, 2022
3. Maud Hart Lovelace's childhood home, A.K.A. Betsy's House
Marker is just off frame to the right, on the south side of the house
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2022, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2022, by McGhiever of Minneapolis, Minnesota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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