Historic Photographs Part 1: Ambrotypes

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Several different types of photographs are represented in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection, including daguerreotype, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, snapshots and much more. This is the first of several articles describing different types of photos. Ambrotypes are an early type of photograph, first used in 1851. Some critics have proclaimed the ambrotype to be inferior to its predecessor, the daguerreotype. It was, however, a cheaper and faster photographic process than the daguerreotype, which as a result, made it a popular choice of the general public. The ambrotype does share some of the similarities of the ...

Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! at Summer Stage Fest

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Every year for Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista, we have the distinct honor of collaborating with Muncie Civic Theatre on an outdoor, free community production. This year, we're excited to work with Cornerstone Center for the Arts and Muncie Civic Theatre to bring you Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! on July 29 & 30. The show opens at Cornerstone on July 22 and runs through July 24. Support your local arts! Go see the show at Cornerstone, then come back and enjoy a free encore under the stars at Summer Stage Fest at Minnetrista. 

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.

Camp Minnetrista - Night at the Museum!

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

We're having a great summer here at Camp Minnetrista! We want to give a HUGE thanks to our teachers, jr. counselors, and campers. This weekend we have an overnight campout in the Nature Area, just for kids!Check it out here and register.

Acrylic Essentials: Muncie Artist Guild

Posted by: Minnetrista on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Our affiliate, Muncie Artist Guild, is hosting an art program that is open to the public. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of working with acrylics; such as the difference between fluid and heavy body color, what mediums and gels are and how to save money using them. 

Senior Free-Admission Day and Vouchers

Posted by: Minnetrista on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Upcoming special programs just for seniors at Minnetrista:

Senior Farmers market vouchers can be redeemed for fresh produce through October at Farmers Market at Minnetrista! Qualified adults ages 60 and older and some people with disabilities can get vouchers during sign-ups set for:

Casey's Clubhouse July Challenges

Posted by: Casey on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Casey's Clubhouse explorers can earn points for prizes when they join the club! Check out all the ways Explorers can earn points in the month of July:

My picture is on the sign!

Posted by: Carey Arnett on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Last year was our first time to visit Faeries, Sprites and Lights and the best word to describe it is magical.  My children thought we had been transported to an enchanted forest!  They loved the music, the play and especially looking for faeries!  We have been looking forward to this event and were even more excited when we saw the sign at the entrance of Minnetrista which has my daughter Hayley on it.  We can't wait to share another magical evening there with friends!  

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.