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What to do with Chutney?!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

Twice in the last few years I’ve chosen to have a chutney workshop. This year we will have a Spicy Tomato Chutney workshop on August 6—check our workshops page for details. Because I choose the foods that we can at workshops, you may assume chutney is one of my favorite condiments. That may be the case now. However, when I first decided to do it, I had never had any before—or at least didn’t think I had. So, before the first workshop, I had to do a bit of research. I didn’t even know what to do with chutney!

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A Childrenís Party That Wasnít for Children

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00:00 am

The very dapper George A. Ball dressed like a child for a party at his home! How could that be and why? According to Emily Kimbrough, in her delightful memoir of early 20th century Muncie, not only was George dressed in young boy’s clothing, Frances dressed like a little girl.

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The Poor Little Dog without a Face

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 11:00:00 am

If you’ve lived in Muncie for a while, you’ve probably followed the trail of the Native American and his dog from atop the third Delaware County courthouse to the Stradling farm to Wysor Park and finally to the fourth Delaware County courthouse. Sometime during his travels, the dog was damaged and lost his face.

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Plants Echo History in the Formal Garden

Posted by: Elaine Deichmeister on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Last fall Minnetrista Horticultural staff planted several new additions to the Formal Garden. These selections pay homage to the Victorian garden styles of the late 19th century. Here is a preview of what you’ll see blooming this summer. Why not add some old fashioned favorites to your own yard?

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What to pickle that isnít a pickle?

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 12:00:00 pm

Whether you love pickled cucumbers and want to know what other yummy seasonal produce you can pickle. Or you like pickle brine flavor but are not a fan of cucumbers. Or you are a foodie who likes to try different things. This blog is for you!

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The Town Bell Rang

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 10:00:00 am

When Ball Corporation moved headquarters to Colorado in 1998, the company donated its large collection of jars to Minnetrista. Ball chemist Dick Cole headed across town to Minnetrista instead of making the longer trip to Colorado. Why would Minnetrista hire a chemist? Dick’s work involved chemistry but his passion is the Ball jar, and he followed “his” jars here. Dick retired several years ago, but I still rely on his expertise. And, occasionally, I recycle stories that he shared. This is one.

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Duplex Fireless Stove

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

As anyone who has spent time with me in the Collections storage area knows, the Duplex Fireless Stove made by Durham Manufacturing of Muncie is one of my favorite artifacts. How could you not like this giant, early crockpot?

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7 Tips For Dividing Your Wonderful Water Lilies

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30:00 pm

Spring is a great time to divide hardy water lilies. We recently divided the water lilies in the pond behind the Lucius Ball home here at Minnetrista. If you have a hardy water lily at your home, here are some things to keep in mind when dividing or planting.

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Update On Canning At Minnetrista

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 4:50:00 pm

WELCOME SPRING!!!  I think I can say that for real now. I mean, it can’t snow in May, right…Oh my, I hope that’s right! Anyway, back to the point. Welcome to springtime. I’m super excited seeing all of the plants pop out of the ground.  I’m looking forward to planting my tomatoes soon. And Farmers Market at Minnetrista opened outdoors last week! This is a wonderful time when all these items to can are so plentiful.

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They Established a Hospital

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Several days ago, a Ball State University student asked to interview me for a video she was making for a journalism class. Her project was Muncie history, and she wanted to talk about the Ball family. One of her questions was “What impact, besides Ball State University, did the Ball family have on Muncie?” There are many ways that the family made an impact, but we’ll start with another institution that carries the name “Ball.”

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