Photo History: Glass Workers, Hartford City, ca. 1900

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

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Look at the children in the front row of this group of glass workers. How old do you think they are? Eight or nine years old, maybe? While we would be horrified now to think of young children working in a glass factory—or any place, for that matter—it was common fewer than one hundred years ago.

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What the heck is in my tree?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:40:00 pm


Have you noticed any webs that seem to be swallowing leaves and branches in trees lately? Well, I have, and so have many of my friends. What we are all seeing are fall web worms.

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Afraid of Pressure Canning? Don’t Be!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm


When I talk about pressure canning, some people look at me as if I’m crazy for even thinking about using this method to preserve food. This reaction is just proof that pressure canning, or more specifically pressure canners, have a bad reputation. Yes, in order for a pressure canner to work it requires building up a lot of pressure inside the canner. However, as long as you keep your canner in good condition and follow the directions, it is a perfectly safe canning method. It allows you to broaden the scope of what you can can!

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There Wasn’t a Chief Munsee. Really, There Wasn’t.

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Let’s bust a few myths. The guy on the horse at the point of Granville and Walnut Avenues isn’t the non-existent Chief Munsee, the Indian depicted in the statue didn’t live in these parts, and the city of Muncie isn’t named for that same non-existent chief. So who is he, what is that statue doing here, and why was Muncie named “Muncie?”

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What is this thing?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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Every now and then an object of mysterious function comes into the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. Often, the donor doesn’t know what it is, but just that they “found it when I cleaned out grandma’s basement.” We look through our reference books and search on-line. It is hard, however, to Google something when you have no idea at all what it is. 

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Six Lessons from the Culinary Herb Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


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Not enough time or kitchen space? Not a problem.

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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The Ball Canning Discovery Kit works well when preserving small canning batches, to get you started with food preservation, or if you have limited kitchen space.

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Muncie’s ‘Meaty’ Past

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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It was located on Broadway Avenue in Muncie—now Martin Luther King Boulevard—and it smelled bad. At times, it smelled really bad. It was the meat packing company that started as Kuhner and closed many years later as Marhoefer.

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Summer Watering Tips: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm


For your own garden at home, keep the following tips in mind to help take some of the guess work out of watering plants correctly.

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Two Accessories to Add to Your Canning Toolbox

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:30:00 am

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Here is an overview of two tools Jarden released this year that aren’t included in the basic Ball® Utensil Set but have made canning a little bit easier for me!

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