A Fresh Take on Canning at Minnetrista

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:00:00 am

As we are looking to the future for our food preservation programming at Minnetrista, there are many questions that we have about what you, our visitors, would be interested in. With this blog I’m asking for your feedback. Tell me what you think about our current programs (if you are familiar with them), and what you’d like to see in future programming.

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Remembering Bill Mann

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

Minnetrista lost a dear friend when Bill Mann passed away on New Year’s Day. Bill was a Minnetrista fixture from the time he became property manager to the most recent Farmers Market days. He greeted everyone with a wide smile, a firm handshake, and often, a big bear hug.

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What’s that on My Pine Trees?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:00:00 pm

Earlier in the fall some of my favorite pine trees on Minnetrista’s campus started catching my eye, and not in a good way. The low growing sprawling pine is Hillside Creeper Scotch Pine. It is featured in our Bird and Butterfly Garden and they were covered in white all along many of their needles.

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Winter Food Preservation

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 3:00:00 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope this year started well and continues that way for all. The new year is a time when many are looking to improve. Perhaps one of the items on some peoples’ list of changes for this coming year is to eat more fresh and local foods. In the winter, this can be a bit difficult and daunting since there are not many items that can be grown in the winter months around here.

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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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