The Mankato-based Betsy-Tacy Society — dedicated to celebrating the spirit of the Maud Hart Lovelace books — hopes to buy a third house that features prominently in the series.
The organization already owns Lovelace’s childhood home (she’s Betsy), and that of her best friend, Frances ‘Bick’ Kenney (who is Tacy), and they are remodeling the homes to their turn-of-the-century (the 20th century) charm.
Now, the Mankato Free Press says, the house where Marjorie Gerlach grew up is available for sale, and the Society is mounting a fund-raising drive to buy it. Gerlach was friends with Lovelace and became the model for Tib in the books.
“The books are all about Betsy, Tacy and then Tib. Those three girls are the main characters,” said Society Executive Director Julie Schrader.
The Society doesn’t want to take out a mortgage, so is soliciting its 1,000 members for donations to raise about $225,000 to buy the house. If the effort is successful, they’d probably use the house for additional office and archive space for the Society, expanding the gift shop and renting the space for meetings and special events.