What to Do With Your Family This Weekend?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Living Lightly Fair Where: Minnetrista When: Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. What: Living Lightly is a free resource fair for sustainable lifestyles, held each September at Minnetrista. This is a great chance to get outside with the kids or just by yourself. Jennie DeVoe is playing at 3:30. Live music and art, children's games and activities, live theatre performances by Minnetrista Theatre Preserves, workshops, documentary film and discussion, and more. Cost: Free! Middletown Theatre Project Where: Muncie Civic Theatre When: Friday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. What: Muncie Civic Theatre will premiere the ...

Open Space: Art About the Land

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Calling all artists who derive creative inspiration from the land, or whose work celebrates the notion of open space as it relates to the land. You still have time to enter artwork in the upcoming juried show Open Space: Art About the Land. Work eligible for this art competition and exhibition includes artwork in any media which addresses the spirit of open space with reference to the land. Enter by delivering your artwork to Minnetrista on Friday, September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. or Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Download the prospectus or contact Karen Vincent at (765) 287-3547 or ...

Casey's Clubhouse September Challenges

Posted by: Casey on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Each month, Casey's Clubhouse Explorers can earn points by completing challenges. Check out what Casey is doing in September: hoosier melons Wednesday, September 7, 3:30—5:30 p.m. Did you know there are all sorts of melons that grow here in Indiana? Come to Farmers Market at Minnetrista to meet (and eat) some of them. Earn 2 Explorer points. Senior free-admission Day: grandparents day Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Bring in your favorite senior friend to celebrate Grandparents Day! Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will perform Habitat-tat-tat at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Earn 6 Explorer points. ...

Historic Photographs Part III - The Rise of the Snapshot

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

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? Our digital cameras and prints are easy, but photography wasn’t always such a breeze. Prior to the 1880s the photographic process was difficult and cumbersome, but in the late 1880s Kodak introduced gelatin silver roll film cameras. The use of gelatin silver made the process of photography faster and easier. As a result, the rise of the amateur photographer endured as photography was now accessible for nearly anyone ...

Minnetrista Sculpture - The Wishing Well

Posted by: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections and Diane Barts, Registrar on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Have you ever walked through the gardens at Oakhurst and wondered about the rabbit fountain? Did you get married in the gazebo? At different points across Minnetrista's campus, you see beautiful sculpture and architectural details. Most of the pieces have a direct relation to the Ball family. The Wishing Well was once the focal point of a garden on the grounds of the Frank C. Ball home. It was purchased in Venice on one of Mr. and Mrs. Ball’s trips abroad. Following the 1967 fire that destroyed the Ball family home, the Wishing Well was moved to the home of Alexander and Rosemary Ball Bracken in Westwood. Mrs. ...

Farmers Market: DIY Bags and More

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

I love shopping at Farmers Market at Minnetrista throughout the summer months. It's been amazing to watch the market grow from a few hundred folks each Saturday to about 2,000 visitors attending each week! Popular demand has led us to expand the market into the winter months, as well.  You can check out pictures of Farmers Market at Minnetrista on our Flickr Gallery, right here.

Historic Photographs Part II: Cartes de Visite

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Like modern trading cards, cartes de visite became the craze in the 1860s. Immediate descendants of the calling card, they are small mounted prints, usually 2 ˝” x 4” in size. Cartes were inexpensive, easy to produce, and available to most people. Museums may acquire images for their cultural, rather than photographic, qualities. As cultural objects their value lies in the fact that they reveal history in a way that no other object can. In addition to the scholarly value of the carte de visite, cartes also have exhibition value. Due to the considerable number of cartes de visite that were produced in the nineteenth ...

Gardener Dustin answers: "What is a rain garden?"

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

There's been a lot of buzz at Minnetrista lately about rain gardens. I had a foggy notion of what a rain garden was. A garden full of rain? A garden built to attract rain, like a rain dance? Really, I had no idea. I asked our natural areas gardener, Dustin Stillinger, to shed a little light on the question: "What is a rain garden?" Along the way he told me what kinds of plants we're using in our rain garden and some things to consider if you're planning one at home. Check out this video and visit the new rain garden at Minnetrista for inspiration! Visit for expert advice on ...

August Challenges - Casey's Clubhouse

Posted by: Casey on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

National picnic month All of August Did you know that August is National Picnic Month? Did you know that Minnetrista is filled with lots of cool places to have a picnic? Combine the two and you get a month long challenge. Send me a photo of you and your family enjoying a picnic at Minnetrista this month and I will give you 2 Explorer points. Summer stage fest at minnetrista - picnic & pops August 24, 7:30 p.m. Attend Picnic & Pops Muncie Symphony Orchestra concert and check in at Casey's Clubhouse on the lawn. Then complete the Casey's Clubhouse Challenge for 2 Explorer points!


Posted by: Cassie Banning on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

We have now officially entered what Dustin, one of our Gardeners here at Minnetrista, calls "the dry season." For the past few years we've noticed having quite a lot of rain during the spring months, almost too much to really be able to do many spring projects in the garden. However, as July rolls around the rain just disappears, as if someone turned off the rain switch.