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Lucina Amelia Ball – A Professional Woman Ahead of the Times

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Lucina Ball did not hesitate to offer sisterly advice to her younger brothers—Lucius, William, Edmund, Frank, and George. In a letter written in 1892, she suggested that the brothers “… get up a ‘syndicate’ to buy a whole square and build it all equally good, and so make your own surroundings.” They took her advice then, as they so often did, and purchased a thirty-three acre tract on the White River.

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The Rise of the Snapshot

Posted by: Nadia Kousari on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

We all have that special photograph album that we treasure. Perhaps it includes images of birthdays, vacations, and snapshots of special events. Have you ever thought about how the snapshot came to be? Current digital cameras are easy to use, but photography wasn’t always such a breeze.

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These Tips are “Fallen”

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

The Minnetrista Horticulture crew has picked up many tips over the years. We thought we’d share tips with you for this fall season.

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Applesauce—A Family Favorite!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

We have all welcomed autumn with open arms here in East Central Indiana. On my commute into work, I’ve seen many houses decked out for the season with scarecrows, pumpkins, and Halloween witches. It is so great—this is my favorite season. Recently, I saw a quote that stated, “Autumn is my favorite color.” That is certainly true for me.

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Lucy Ball’s Very Eventful Wedding

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

It was a wild and wooly evening when Lucy Ball, oldest daughter of Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball, married Alvin Owsley on May 16, 1925. The wedding was held at the home of the bride’s parents, just as her sister Margaret’s wedding was the previous year. The setting was lovely, the guests were many, and the bride and groom had their nerves under control. The weather, however, did not cooperate.

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American Playground and Tuhey Towers

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:15:00 pm

The small but nationally known American Playground company in Anderson, Indiana celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. At that time, an article in the Madison County Chamber newsletter noted that the company had recently “completed its biggest and finest structure at Tuhey Park in Muncie.” Tuhey Towers, located near Tuhey Pool, consists of towers, slides, climbing ropes, and more. 

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A Great Time to Plant is Now!

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

You might not be able to tell from advertisements or the plant stock at some retailers, but we are in a prime time planting period: late summer and fall! This has the Minnetrista Horticulture crew making plans to get plants in the ground and transplant what we can!

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Jam and Jelly–You can make both!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

If you have read my blog for a while, it is probably apparent to you that I love jam. Jam is a great way to start learning to preserve; and it is obvious what you can do with it. It is one of my favorite gifts to give people as well.

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A Ball Jar That Isn’t a Fruit Jar

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

 

Jars, jars, and more jars. In addition to more than 1,000 fruit jars, the Minnetrista Heritage Collections includes approximately 100 packer jars. So what is a packer jar? 

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What Makes a Better Baby?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

While I was looking through the Minnetrista Heritage Collection for artifacts to include in an upcoming exhibit about children, I came across a yellow ribbon awarded for “Fifth Premium” in the Better Baby Contest held at the Indiana State Fair in 1926. Really! How does one determine what makes a “Better Baby?” I did a little research. First, I found a photograph depicting “Better Babies Day” at the Delaware County Fair in 1924. Hmmm—that ribbon wasn’t an anomaly.

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