Ed Ball in the Army

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

We have thousands of letters in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. Some are momentous, with news of births, marriages, deaths, or important business deals. Others are the stuff of everyday life – requests for money from students away at school, reports on the day’s mundane activities, or a little bit of gossip. One of my favorites hovers somewhere between. It’s a letter from Edmund F. Ball to his uncles Frank and George written in September, 1942 while serving overseas in the U.S. Army.

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Mrs. Keiser Goes to London Town

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

On March 15, 1909, a spectacle for the eyes graced Oxford Street in London. A grand building decked in laurel and flags stood ready to receive its first visitors. At 9:00 a.m., a bugle sounded and the doors of Selfridges department store were thrown open. Thousands of shoppers, ready to inspect the new store and its merchandise poured in.

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Canada Thistle, A Weed We Could Do Without

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 9:00:00 am

Recently, I had a great suggestion from a reader who has been observing the growing and flowering Canada Thistle that is going to seed all over Muncie. She thought it would be a good idea to go over this troublesome weed, and perhaps get folks aware of why and how they should manage it. Great idea! 

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7 Faerie Events to Look Forward to During Faeries, Sprites, & Lights at Minnetrista

Posted by: Sam Condon on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

It’s that time of year again. Summer is here, the weather is warming up, and whimsical, faerie fun is beginning to sprout up all over East Central Indiana. Here at Minnetrista, that can only mean one thing: faeries! Yes, in just two short weeks, about one thousand faeries will fly into the sparkling wonderland known as Oakhurst Gardens for Faeries, Sprites, & Lights at Minnetrista.

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Elisabeth’s Faeries

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

At the end of July, faeries will invade the gardens at Oakhurst, bringing their magic with them to delight our visitors. The event Faeries, Sprites, & Lights was conceived more than twenty years ago as a tribute to Elisabeth “Betty” Ball’s childhood belief in faeries.

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Muncie Pottery - Bringing Beauty to the Masses

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 1:30:00 pm

With popular magazines like Elle Decor stocked near the checkout line and design blogs available at the tap of a screen, recommendations for home decoration are never in short supply. This year House Beautiful predicts that pendant lights, pedestals, and traditional tableware will be all the rage. A century ago, art pottery found itself near the top of the list. More elaborate than utilitarian pottery, art potters focused on aesthetic qualities, putting beauty first and function second.

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Strange Things Are Happening In My Yard

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 11:15:00 am

Some weird stuff has been happening on my home lawn this spring.

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8 Perfect Picnic Spots at Minnetrista

Posted by: Courtney Thomas on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:00:00 pm

The month of June at Minnetrista means blooming gardens, a bustling Farmer’s Market and one quintessential summer activity: picnicking! We have rounded up the top 8 most scenic spaces on campus for your picnicking pleasure.

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Holiday Inn

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

After being disappointed with the quality of motels available during a family road trip, Kemmons Wilson decided to build his own hotel. The first Holiday Inn opened in Memphis, Tennessee in August 1952. A little more than seven years later, the 119th hotel in the chain opened in Muncie at South Madison Street and U.S. 35. Although some of the hotels were company owned, the hotel in Muncie was franchised by Harper Hotels, Inc. Company president was Henry “Hank” Harper, Jr.

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Checkers Anyone?

Posted by: Steve Scott on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 10:00:00 am

A lot of time goes into maintaining a home lawn. For many of us, sad to say, more time is spent  taking care of our lawn than using our lawn for enjoyable activities.

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