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Uses for a Ball Jar...continued.

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve learned about a thermos with a Ball jar insert and a jar used to bury a pet canary. Here are two more uses for a Ball jar: Coffee Grinder The Landers, Frary and Clark Company was well known to the American housewife well before Ball made jars. This company made household products – toasters, meat choppers, sausage stuffers, bread makers, screw eyes and much more. Products from this company carried the trade name of “Universal.” Around 1900, Landers, Frary and Clark designed a coffee grinder to screw unto a fruit jar. A Ball jar marked “L.F. & C. Universal” was sold with ...

What is a Rain Garden?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Storm water management and rain gardens go hand-in-hand. A rain garden allows rainwater to collect and soak naturally into the ground before it flows into the river. One of our big garden projects in 2011 has been the Rain Garden that runs along the White River Greenway.

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.

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.

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 ...