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Winter Activities at Minnetrista

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

You may have noticed the temperature dropping outside, and have started to go into hibernation mode, but maybe you wrote winter off a little too soon. Maybe there’s a place near you, in Muncie, that has 40-acres filled with fun activities every season. At Minnetrista, there are 40-acres of fun every season, and winter is no exception.

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From Moustaches to Mutton Chops

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

The Ball brothers had a lot of distinguishing qualities. They were shrewd businessmen. They possessed inventive minds. Each had a sense of philanthropy that was felt around Muncie; the community they called home.

They also had great facial hair.

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Teddy Roosevelt's Whistle-Stop in Muncie

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

In 1900 one of the most popular men in United States’ politics hit the presidential campaign trail. And no, it wasn’t the President. Up for re-election was Republican William McKinley. Enjoying popularity across the country, McKinley’s previous vice-president had passed away in office. When it was time to run for re-election he weighed his options for a new vice presidential candidate. Although there were plenty of options, he ultimately chose New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt.

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Natural Needle Drop Is Nothing to Worry About

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

When we think of trees in our area, there are two basic categories they fall into: deciduous and evergreen. Deciduous trees give us those great fall colors we are now seeing in the leaves, and of course, eventually, those leaves will fall to the ground.

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EXPLORE. PLAY. LEARN at Minnetrista

Posted by: Robert Scott on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Create a chalk masterpiece in the Backyard Garden. Play dress up in Betty’s Doll House. Discover a new favorite board game in Betty’s Cabin. Find a quiet garden spot to read a book from the Little Free Library.

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Crosleys' in the Navy

Posted by: Susan Smith on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

October 27 is Navy Day! Beginning in 1922, the day was selected by the New York Navy League in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday. Roosevelt was a naval strategist and scholar, and believed that a superior Navy was crucial to the United States becoming a powerful nation and having influence in foreign policy.

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The Joys of Reading Yesterday's News

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 9:00:00 am


Several days ago I needed to find a Ball Stores advertisement celebrating Japan’s surrender, in the Muncie Evening Press on August 14, 1945. I knew that the advertisement was in that particular paper, and I knew exactly where the newspaper was located. Doesn’t seem like a problem, does it? Unfortunately, it was. There were about thirty newspapers in the box dating from the 1920s to the 1990s. The rest of the afternoon was shot. I can’t pass up old newspapers.
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Adopting Trees Helps Muncie’s Urban Forest

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

If you have read any of my articles, or have heard me speak, you have probably found out that I love trees. For as long as I can remember, and long before I knew many of their names, I have loved trees. They are the giants of the forest and being among them is always a renewing experience for me.

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Our Hidden Gem: The Nature Area at Minnetrista

Posted by: Jara Rowe, Marketing Manager on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Have you ever desired a place where you could relax and free your mind? A site to see stormwater management in the works? A place to enjoy nature without leaving Muncie?  Did you know that we have that very spot, right here at Minnetrista? We like to call it our hidden gem, The Nature Area.

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Out Of the Mold

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

In 1880 a small business was launched in Buffalo, NY. Making tin cans to hold kerosene and paint, the modest business soon redesigned their product and expanded into glass production. It wasn’t long before the company’s fruit jars were outselling their kerosene cans. Looking to capitalize on the area’s natural gas supply, the company opened a glass factory in Muncie. This move proved successful.

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