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Give The Gift of Yummy Canned Goods This Holiday Season!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7:00:00 pm

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Yes, that’s right. It’s time to start thinking about the holidays. I’m sure many of you have begun to be bombarded by all of the Christmas gifts, decorations, and music in the stores already.

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Was He or Was He Not a Kentucky Colonel?

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 3:30:00 pm

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The headline in the newspaper article said that he was set to “take part in all-male review,” but did he? According to the preview article, George A. Ball was to be one of eighty Muncie businessmen to play a Kentucky Colonel in “The Dream of a Clown” at the Masonic Temple auditorium on October 20 and 21, 1943. 

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Meeks Furniture “Comes Home”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:00:00 pm

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In 1998, I got a telephone call from Louesa Danks, granddaughter of James Meeks of The Meeks Mortuary family. When I heard that she was interested in donating a large collection of Meeks furniture, then registrar Heather Davis and I immediately booked our flight to Columbia, Missouri.

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Attract Monarchs with Milkweed

Posted by: Clair Burt on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30:00 pm

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Flowers aren’t the only beautiful things you can find in a garden. There are lots of beautiful insects too. Many of which are attracted by flowering plants.

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Don’t throw in the kitchen towel. There’s still time for great canning this fall!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 4:50:00 pm

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It’s time to get geared up for canning! The season is about to begin, and I’m super excited to get started with preserving another year’s worth of fresh garden deliciousness. Wait. What’s the date? Is it October already?

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A Murder at Ball Brothers Company

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Recently, some early twentieth century Muncie-related correspondence and Muncie newspapers were donated to the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. As I quickly skimmed through the newspapers, the headline “Workman Slain in Cold Blood” from The Muncie Evening Press of Thursday, December 23, 1920, screamed at me.

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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

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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

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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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