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Minnetrista and Indiana Historical Society Create “Communities Can!”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

On March 4, several Minnetrista staff attended the grand opening of the latest in the series of “You Are There” exhibits at the Indiana Historical Society (IHS).  In the “You Are There” exhibits, historic photographs are brought to life three-dimensionally with actors playing the people in the photos.  The “Communities Can!” is special for us, because it features a photograph and artifacts from the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. The exhibit was funded by Ball Brothers Foundation.

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The Green Silk Dress

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

When I give tours of the Heritage Collection storage area, I show examples of everything from Ball jars to artwork to furniture to clothing. More often than not, the piece of clothing that gets the most oohs and aahs, sometimes even from the men, is an evening gown and matching coat from the Jackie Kennedy era. Both pieces are made of heavy silk dyed a bright spring green. They are heavily beaded and sequined. The ensemble was tailored by George Chen & Co., Ltd. of Peninsula Court Kowloon, Hong Kong.

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10 Cool Ways to Warm-up This Spring at Minnetrista

Posted by: Courtney Thomas on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

The weather is warmer and the days are longer. Are you are looking for ways to appease your spring fever? Look no further! Below are my top 10 picks for enjoying spring at Minnetrista.

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Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11:00:00 am

I just got back from the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Although I learned many exciting things, one theme emerged consistently—soil, soil, soil. Without healthy soil, we cannot have healthy plants. Here are a few tips for nurturing rich, resilient soil in your garden.

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It’s not all canning! Try the freezer too . . .

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at 10:30:00 am

Typically, I write a lot about preserving foods in jars—canning. Well, there are a lot of different ways to preserve foods. An often, but not thought of, easy, and convenient (if you have space) way to preserve a lot of types of foods is in the freezer.

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Memories of Ball Stores

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 9:15:00 am

Help, please. I’ve written about Ball Stores before, but I’m writing again to ask for your help. Please share your stories of Ball Stores for both a book and an exhibit. Did you or a family member work there? Was visiting Santa a yearly tradition? Do you have a particularly vivid memory of a shopping experience? Here are two memories that Hope Barnes shared in her December 12, 1989 article in the Muncie Star:

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Phil and Esther Ball

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

When Phil Ball, of the “original” Ball family, passed away on February 4, 2016, Minnetrista lost another good friend. He and his wife Esther, who died in January 2015, donated money to the Annual Campaign and Endowment Fund, and artifacts to the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. More than that, though, they gave of themselves.

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Use the Disease Triangle to Help Your Plants

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

I have written several articles about different plant diseases and pests that the horticulture team has dealt with at Minnetrista. I like sharing what choices we make to combat various plant issues for those of you that might be dealing with the same issue in your own garden—or at least give you a heads up on what might be coming your way.

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A Fresh Take on Canning at Minnetrista

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:00:00 am

As we are looking to the future for our food preservation programming at Minnetrista, there are many questions that we have about what you, our visitors, would be interested in. With this blog I’m asking for your feedback. Tell me what you think about our current programs (if you are familiar with them), and what you’d like to see in future programming.

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Remembering Bill Mann

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

Minnetrista lost a dear friend when Bill Mann passed away on New Year’s Day. Bill was a Minnetrista fixture from the time he became property manager to the most recent Farmers Market days. He greeted everyone with a wide smile, a firm handshake, and often, a big bear hug.

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