2012 Casey's Clubhouse Art Show Winners!

Posted by: Casey on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

I can’t believe how talented all of you Explorers are. The artwork in the 2012 Casey’s Clubhouse Art Show is so amazing!! 104 explorers turned in their artwork for the show this year. Everyone from the little kids in the 5 years and under category up to the big 13 year olds made super cool works. Markers, paint, glued paper, and even glass and Legos were used. Some made calm pictures, others made busy ones. Some worked to make their pictures look like the real thing, others didn’t. All the great artwork made it really hard to pick top winners for each age category. After looking at all the art for a long time I ...

Fire at the Frank C. Ball Home

Posted by: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

“A most heartbreaking thing happened this evening,” wrote Rosemary Ball Bracken in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 28, 1967. That event was the fire that destroyed Rosemary’s childhood home. Rosemary’s parents, Frank and Bessie Ball, built their home on land overlooking the White River in 1894. According to The Morning News of June 27, 1894, “’Minnetrista’ is the name chosen for Ball Bros. tract of land on Riverside. The name means ‘winding waters’ and as the property is situated on the bend of the river the title is very appropriate.” The colonial style house of frame construction had 19 rooms. In 1902, the ...

How Good Are Your Manners?

Posted by: Maureen Spell, guest blogger on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

Have you checked out the Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past and Present exhibit yet? This exhibit compares etiquette rules from the past to modern-day rules. My family and I stopped in to see how well we measured up. Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. ~Bill Kelly Miss Minne Manners walks you through the ins and outs of etiquette. She explores manners through four areas of American life: Table Manners At Work Out and About Entertaining at Home You can even email her any questions you might have about manners. We learned that manners are not just a ...

Family Traditions

Posted by: Guest Blogger, Maureen Spell on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Is there a holiday event, meal, or decoration that you look forward to seeing every year? More than likely, that something has become a tradition for you. 

Nutrition, Activity, and Health! Oh, My!

Posted by: Guest Blogger, Maureen Spell on Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Mr. Skeleton took us on a wild ride about bones!

Nature Walk Game and Instructions for Kids

Posted by: Maureen Spell, guest blogger on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

This is the first in a series of fun, educational posts by guest blogger Maureen Spell. Maureen is a former elementary school teacher who now has a classroom of 6 at home. She blogs at Spell Outloud sharing early education activities and homeschool highlights. 

How we make apple cider

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Apples and cider are part of a long tradition at Minnetrista. Have you ever wondered why? It all began 140 years ago when the matron of Delaware County Orphanage, located on the southeast corner of what is now Minnetrista's East Lawn, decided that the children needed to earn a little spending money. An orchard was planted, and the children were responsible for selling their produce. What happened next? Frank C. Ball bought the property next to the orphanage in 1894. The orphanage moved and Ball bought the entire site, including the 10-acre orchard. In 1917, Ball hired Roland Webb to manage and develop Minnetrista ...

From all of us, Thank You!

Posted by: Bob Scott on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

On behalf of everyone at Minnetrista: First, we want to thank our annual campaign volunteers for all of your hard work on the campaign. We also want to thank our wonderful donors, sponsors, partners, members, and visitors!

THANK YOU for making a difference for children, families, and our community in East Central Indiana!

Minnetrista Sculpture - Waterbaby Fountain

Posted by: Diane Barts on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

I can hardly believe that it’s September. Before the leaves begin to fall in earnest and autumn is officially here, drop over to the Children’s Garden near Oakhurst and make the acquaintance of the bronze baby in the fish pond. The Boy and Lily Pads Fountain, which was sculpted by Brenda Putnam in 1916, is a celebration of youth and the close connection that continues to exist between man and nature. The smiling bronze baby is shown reclining on a bed of lily pads while water spurts from several water lily blossoms set around him. Putnam was born in 1890 in Minneapolis. After studying art in Boston, New York ...

What to do on Museum Day?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Just around the corner, Museum Day is almost here! Get free admission to any participating museum on Saturday, September 24. Muncie has three great museums that will be participating, and of course Minnetrista is one of them. We have new and exciting stuff lined up for September 24. It's going to be a busy Museum Day in Muncie! What is Museum Day? In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free. What is happening ...