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Do you remember the Minnetrista Golf Course?

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Between 1923 and sometime in the 1950s, Minnetrista Golf Course existed on the current site of the Muncie Central High School athletic fields. Established as a gift from Frank C. Ball and Edmund B. Ball to the Muncie Y.M.C.A., the Minnetrista Golf Course was a public nine-hole course that was one of Muncie’s unique recreational facilities. According to Frank C. Ball, he “shot the first ball” at the dedication of the course.

Great Explorers of America: Summer Reading List

Posted by: Casey on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Hi Explorers! I just found a list of books that I want to read this summer. These books are about explorers of America, just like us!  I thought you might be interested in reading them, too. Check out some of these books from the Muncie Public Library and let me know if you read them! The entire list ishere, and you can check the library's web site to see if they have the book. 

Dig Set Spike opens... and we challenge you to a volleyball game!

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Team Minnetrista challenges your company, organization or group to a volleyball game! We're celebrating Dig Set Spike by taking on organizations like yours. Gather your team! Call George Buss (287-3556) to schedule your game.  All games take place at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 13-August 31. 

Your Weekend To-Do List

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Minnetrista has a lot to offer to families in Muncie and East Central Indiana this summer! Here's a list of things to do in Muncie to get your summer started right!

Meet Theodore Bear, Collections expert

Posted by: Diane Barts on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

I bet you don’t know how museums keep track of all the terrific things people donate. I know I didn’t when I first came to Minnetrista in 1988. Since then I’ve learned a lot. In fact, I’ve learned so much that the collections staff asked me to introduce you to something they do every day – cataloging.

Robots are taking over Minnetrista!

Posted by: Minnetrista on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Kylee and Nick take you behind the scenes of our newest exhibit opening May 21, ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition! Minnetrista is being overrun with robots. Rodney develops a crush on Nick. Robot finger puppets attack Kylee. Things get a little silly. Check it out!

The Many Uses of the Ball Jar – Thermos Jug

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

There are so many ways to use a Ball jar – as a vase, a place to put your loose change at the end of the day, a candle holder and many more. Sometimes, however, an alternative use was determined by the company and was very specific. Inside the pictured thermos is a Ball Perfect Mason amber half gallon jar. The jar was made in 1957 at Ball's Hillsboro plant for one purpose – to be put inside a thermos bottle, specifically the Standard Jug. These amber jars were never sold as canning jars to the home canner. The big question has always been "Why were they made in amber?" Amber protects the contents from ...

ROBOTS! Coming soon...

Posted by: Minnetrista on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Robots are taking over Minnetrista! ROBOTS: The Interactive Exhibition will open May 21, and we're all really excited about this huge exhibit. I made a list of robots in pop culture to get us all in the robotic mood. Also coming up is a special members-only movie night on Friday, May 20 to preview ROBOTS: The Movie. Enjoy and be on the lookout for ROBOTS, coming soon! What robo-related favorites would you add to my list? Let us know in the comments. 1. The trailer for ROBOTS: The Movie! 2. My favorite robot-themed song, from Daft Punk, "Robot Rock": 3. Art of Compassion: Cute Robot Becomes ...