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Wizard of Oz Hat

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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In the late 1960s, Frances Petty Sargent and her late husband, Ed Petty, were in San Francisco shortly after MGM held an auction of stored properties. While shopping in a store on Ghiradelli Square, they purchased the Munchkin hat from that auction and, thus, began a hobby of collecting hats and other headgear that continued into the 1980s.

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Four Types of Ferns You Can Add To Your Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Did you know that some types of ferns can be red, purple, or even copper in color? Or that some ferns spread rapidly, some gradually, and some don’t spread at all?

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Jump Start Your Canning Season With Some Tasty Freezer Jam!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 3:00:00 pm

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If you are getting prepared for the preservation season once again, or if you are just now entering into the world of canning for the first time, freezer jam is a great start to any season!

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The Wives

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Earlier, I introduced the Ball brothers, their parents, and their sisters. This month, we’ll meet the wives.

William was the first brother to marry. His bride, Emma Wood, was born in Massachusetts, graduated from Concord Ladies Seminary, and then moved to Buffalo, New York, where she met William. In Muncie, she was active with the county humane society and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her obituary noted that “She was one of those kindly, generous people who derived their chief satisfaction in helping others….”

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Port Glass Company of Muncie

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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The next time you drive by Westside Park in Muncie, look to the north as you pass Hutchison Avenue. One hundred years ago, you wouldn’t have seen houses, trees or a nursing home. Instead, you would have seen Port Glass Works, a large operating glass factory, where hundreds of workers made fruit jars by hand...

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Caution: Some plants to avoid buying for your home garden

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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It’s time to stop by your favorite garden retailers to pick up some plants for your summer garden. Before doing so, here are some plants you should avoid or at least use with caution. 

Pros and Cons of the Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

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 See the  Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam and Jelly Maker at work making a batch of pepper jelly!

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The Ball Brothers Go into Business

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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As the five Ball brothers – Lucius L., William C., Edmund B., Frank C., and George A. – grew to adulthood in Canandaigua, New York, their uncle George Harvey Ball watched for business opportunities in nearby Buffalo. Uncle George, brother of Lucius Styles Ball, was a pastor of a Baptist church in Buffalo. In 1878, the first venture that he recommended was making wooden containers to pack fish in. Frank and Edmund were the principles in this endeavor. This venture ended when their entire product was destroyed in a fire. The brothers returned to Canandaigua...

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Mason Jars are Fruit Jars, but not all Fruit Jars are Mason Jars

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Several years ago, Minnetrista’s former curator of business and industrial history, Dick Cole, asked me if I knew what made a Mason jar a Mason jar. He was thoroughly surprised when I was able to tell him, because he knew that my main interest in our large collection of jars is the stories that they can tell. I am not an expert on closures and markings, although I’ve certainly learned a lot in my time at Minnetrista. I also know that I can call on Dick to answer my questions, because he loves to share his knowledge of fruit jars. Anyway, read on and you’ll know why Mason jars are fruit jars, but not all fruit jars are Mason jars...

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Garden Update: April Flowers in Oakhurst

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Oakhurst is my favorite spot to enjoy spring flowers here at Minnetrista. There are lots of different flowering plants that provide beauty throughout the whole season. The first acts of the spring show—winter aconite and snowdrops—are already fading, with Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) and Glory of the Snow (Chinodoxa luciliae) coming on next...

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