In the 1940s, the stories of two fictional Minnesota girls named Betsy and Tacy became a sensation. Author Maud Hart Lovelace based the stories on her own happy childhood in Mankato in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This month HarperCollins is publishing a new Betsy-Tacy Treasury. The collection includes the first four books of the ten book series. Over the years, the stories have inspired generations of devoted fans. Today those fans can visit the Betsy-Tacy Society in Mankato and tour the childhood homes of Lovelace and her best friend.
MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with the society's president Susan Brown.