Julie Schrader grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota and lives in North Mankato. Her interest in history, genealogy, research, and writing led to her first book, The History of the Red Jacket Valley, published in 2001, the same year she established Minnesota Heritage Publishing. Local historical research led to a fascination with author Maud Hart Lovelace and her works resulting in two books, Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley and Discover Deep Valley. She edited two volumes of Collected Stories of Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace and has republished three out of print books by Lovelace: The Black Angels, One Stayed at Welcome and The Tune is in the Tree. Betsy, Tacy & Friends Paper Doll Book: The Hill Street Collection, illustrated by Eileen Rudisill Miller will be released this fall. She co-authored the Boy in Blue with Bryce Stenzel on the history and re-creation of Mankato's Civil War memorial.
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This book provides the link between fictional characters and places in the Betsy-Tacy books and the actual people and places in author Maud Hart Lovelace's life. The book will enhance the 'magic' of the Betsy-Tacy books by bringing them to life. A must for every Betsy-Tacy fan!
Based on the beloved books by Maud Hart Lovelace This beautiful full color, 32 page paper doll book was researched and created by Julie Schrader and illustrated by artist Eileen Rudisill Miller.
Over the years, fans of author Maud Hart Lovelace have traveled to Mankato, Minnesota to visit her childhood home, the homes of “Betsy and Tacy” and seek out the places of her childhood. This guidebook will lead you on a self-guided tour of Maud's Deep Valley.
This book details the history of the original Civil War monument erected in Mankato’s historic Lincoln Park in 1893, it’s demise and the effort to reconstruct it during the recent sesquicentennial of the American Civil War. Filled with history and photographs, this book is a chronicle of the recreation of Mankato, Minnesota’s oldest was memorial.
The Red Jacket Valley is located in Blue Earth County, the heart of southern Minnesota. This book is an attempt to preserve the rich history of the Red Jacket Valley, one of many historical regions of Minnesota's vast heritage.