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 ...

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. ...

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 ...