Ashley's Going to Workshop It Out

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:00:00 am

Sometimes I think it’d be fun to have random blog posts to see if people can guess what I do for a living because it is so varied. Some days, I take 25 kids out to the nature area and teach them about how animals and plants adapt to their environment. Other days, I watch documentaries with a group of adults. Then, some days, I facilitate creative workshops for adults. I love the variety. However, the creativity harnessed in the workshops is definitely a highlight for me. I love to be able to use my own creativity while helping others find theirs in a variety of ways. The workshops that Minnetrista offers focus on two ...

5 Tips for a Smoother Wedding Day

Posted by: Amanda Kavars & Stephanie Wiles on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

If you visit Minnetrista in the spring, you notice the buds on the trees, the flowers in bloom, the grass freshly mowed, and the event team gearing up for another wedding season. We know it is every brides dream to have the perfect wedding day. You know the kind, seen on TV with the perfect dress, the perfect flowers, glamorous decorations, and something unique that symbolizes individuality. Let's face it that only happens on TV, and with an unlimited budget. Here are some of our tips for a more enjoyable wedding day. 5. Every event has its hiccups. Expect that it's not going to go perfect. The ring bearer may ...

A Really Big Playroom

Posted by: Maureen Spell from on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 10:00:00 am

One of my favorite times of the year is spring. Trees begin to bud and blossom, birds are building nests, flowers are blooming, and everything is coming to life after a cold winter. It is the perfect time to go outside and start exploring and noticing all the changes in nature. Our go-to place for our family nature walks is Minnetrista. The East Central Indiana community has a nature study gem so close to home. The Minnetrista campus has multiple gardens and nature areas to explore. Each time we visit, we pick a specific area to observe and enjoy. For our first spring nature walk of the year, we visited the Nature ...

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 ...