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Bemidji, 56619

Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Minnesota History Alive, a project funded by the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Legacy Grant with funds dedicated by Minnesota voters to preserve our heritage, will make its second appearance in Blackduck at the Blackduck Community Library Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

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Using costume, props and storytelling, Laurie Johnson of the Minnesota History Players will portray Maud Hart Lovelace, author of the well-loved Betsy --Tacy series. Lovelace is a Minnesota writer who was born in 1892 in Mankato, which was only 40 years old itself at that time. She believed she was born to write and could not remember when she did not consider herself a writer.

Her happy childhood led to keeping diaries and scrapbooks from which she created her very popular Betsy-Tacy series of children's books -- the first of which was published in 1940. The resonating theme throughout her books is the importance of friends and family in shaping her world view.

Maud also wrote many other books which included several historical novels set in Minnesota such as Early Candlelight, which was published in 1929. It explored the lives of fur traders, Minnesota Indians and soldiers at Fort Snelling.

Maud Hart Lovelace married another writer, Delos Lovelace, in Minneapolis in 1917 and moved to New York. She always considered Minnesota "her home" but she later retired to California and died there in 1980. She is buried in Mankato.

The Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award is a children's choice book award. Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading among school age children. Students vote for a favorite title in March and ballots are submitted to the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards by April 1 with the winners announced on Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday, April 25.

This program is sponsored by the Blackduck Community Library, and is part of the Minnesota Library Legacy Funding.

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