Christmas cards from Ed and Virginia Ball

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Monday, December 21, 2015 at 12:00:00 pm

Ed and Virginia Ball sent beautiful, uniquely designed Christmas cards to family, friends and acquaintances. Some featured their family while others documented places they traveled, events in their lives, and the people they knew.

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Christmas Windows at McKinley Junior High School

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:30:00 pm

For many in Muncie, a wonderful tradition was viewing the Christmas windows at McKinley Junior High School. The school, located next to the Muncie Fieldhouse on North Walnut Street, was built in the late 1930s. It had a large arched window in the façade that faced North Walnut. Starting in 1939, that window was decorated by the students each Christmas.

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Volunteers Bring Holiday Cheer to Minnetrista

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 9:30:00 am

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . winter! Yes, the holiday season is upon us. Throughout Minnetrista, volunteers and staff are hanging ornaments, lighting trees, and generally decking the halls. Horticulture would be in a pickle without the talented people who have donated their time to help decorate during these past two weeks. This article is devoted to their tips for creating holiday ambiance.

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The Ball Women Attend a Basketball Game

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:30:00 am


When the calendar page turns to November, a true Hoosier’s thoughts turn to basketball. And in Muncie, during the first quarter of the 20th century, basketball definitely meant the Muncie High School Bearcats. It wasn’t even necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have attended Muncie High School to be a fan. Bearcat fever evidently infected Frances and Sarah Ball and their sister-in-law Frances Ball Mauck, at least for one night.

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The Life and Times of Robert Patterson

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2:30:00 pm

I’ve mentioned former curator of business and industry, Dick Cole, on several occasions in this blog. While at Minnetrista, he worked extensively with the Ball company and family collections, but he often ventured into other subjects. He wrote the following story about Robert Patterson, a little remembered but obviously accomplished Muncie citizen.

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Seeds of Innovation

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm

Exciting things are happening at Southside Middle School. Roza Selvey, a sixth grade teacher of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering (STEM) is using horticulture as a foundation on which to build her students’ skill sets.

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Cranberry Sauce-WOOT!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10:00:00 am

It seems for some people that cranberry sauce is the fruit cake of Thanksgiving. By that I mean, it is the thing that people buy but rarely eat. However, a good cranberry sauce (like good fruitcake, I’m told) can be a delicious addition to any turkey dinner.

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The Ball Line

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:00:00 am

I love old company newsletters, not only for the major stories, but for the everyday chitchat. It’s so easy to get lost in the little stories. Every now and then, I pull out a copy of The Ball Line just to see what was going on with the company and employees. The Ball Line was started by John W. Fisher in the early 1940s, and, of course, those issues from the World War II years were full of news of both the home front and the people in service.

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Hall of Famer Ralph Teetor

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30:00 am

Automotive Hall of Fame, that is. Several years ago, after visiting The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, my husband and I stopped by the Automotive Hall of Fame. Imagine my surprise when I rounded a corner and saw an entire display on Ralph Teetor. Wow, a display on a man from Hagerstown, Indiana. But, of course, it made sense. Teetor was a big deal in the automotive industry.

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Tomatillo Salsa

Posted by: Elaine Vidal on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 2:45:00 pm

Summer has faded into fall. In the permaculture garden at Minnetrista, our tomatillos gave us buckets of fruit! But we ran into a problem: what to do with the produce that can’t be eaten right away? Luckily for us, the answer was easy–salsa! Recently, the Permaculture Initiative hosted their first canning event and participants made six quarts of tomatillo salsa.

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