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 ...

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!

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 ...

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 ...