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A Stitch in Time

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Working with the Minnetrista Heritage Collection I have the daily fun of interacting with “old stuff.” This stuff might be someone’s baby dress from the 1890s, a favorite cereal bowl (admit it, you have one in your own kitchen), or one of the first ball jars made in Muncie. Now, I realize this might not sound all that exciting to everyone. Imagine this, however. Each of these items is a portal to a different time and place. Just like a good book, that cereal bowl may have a unique story to tell. What if that bowl held one of the first pours of a new product in 1916—Kellogg’s All Bran. Holding the bowl you could imagine how hungry stomachs were tamed. You could almost feel the crunch of the cereal in your teeth. And you might envision a family moving through their morning routine just as your family does today.

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Insect Repellent Can Harm Your Lawn

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

Doing yardwork this time of the year comes with its many challenges.

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Awesome Places to Instagram at Minnetrista Through Our Eyes and Yours

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 9:45:00 am

Find some awesome places at Minnetrista to Instagram!

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Ed Ball in the Army

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

We have thousands of letters in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. Some are momentous, with news of births, marriages, deaths, or important business deals. Others are the stuff of everyday life – requests for money from students away at school, reports on the day’s mundane activities, or a little bit of gossip. One of my favorites hovers somewhere between. It’s a letter from Edmund F. Ball to his uncles Frank and George written in September, 1942 while serving overseas in the U.S. Army.

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Mrs. Keiser Goes to London Town

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

On March 15, 1909, a spectacle for the eyes graced Oxford Street in London. A grand building decked in laurel and flags stood ready to receive its first visitors. At 9:00 a.m., a bugle sounded and the doors of Selfridges department store were thrown open. Thousands of shoppers, ready to inspect the new store and its merchandise poured in.

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Canada Thistle, A Weed We Could Do Without

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Recently, I had a great suggestion from a reader who has been observing the growing and flowering Canada Thistle that is going to seed all over Muncie. She thought it would be a good idea to go over this troublesome weed, and perhaps get folks aware of why and how they should manage it. Great idea! 

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7 Faerie Events to Look Forward to During Faeries, Sprites, & Lights at Minnetrista

Posted by: Sam Condon on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

It’s that time of year again. Summer is here, the weather is warming up, and whimsical, faerie fun is beginning to sprout up all over East Central Indiana. Here at Minnetrista, that can only mean one thing: faeries! Yes, in just two short weeks, about one thousand faeries will fly into the sparkling wonderland known as Oakhurst Gardens for Faeries, Sprites, & Lights at Minnetrista.

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Elisabeth’s Faeries

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

At the end of July, faeries will invade the gardens at Oakhurst, bringing their magic with them to delight our visitors. The event Faeries, Sprites, & Lights was conceived more than twenty years ago as a tribute to Elisabeth “Betty” Ball’s childhood belief in faeries.

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Muncie Pottery - Bringing Beauty to the Masses

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:30:00 pm

With popular magazines like Elle Decor stocked near the checkout line and design blogs available at the tap of a screen, recommendations for home decoration are never in short supply. This year House Beautiful predicts that pendant lights, pedestals, and traditional tableware will be all the rage. A century ago, art pottery found itself near the top of the list. More elaborate than utilitarian pottery, art potters focused on aesthetic qualities, putting beauty first and function second.

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Strange Things Are Happening In My Yard

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:15:00 am

Some weird stuff has been happening on my home lawn this spring.

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