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Nature Walk Game and Instructions for Kids

Posted by: Maureen Spell, guest blogger on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

This is the first in a series of fun, educational posts by guest blogger Maureen Spell. Maureen is a former elementary school teacher who now has a classroom of 6 at home. She blogs at Spell Outloud sharing early education activities and homeschool highlights. 

How we make apple cider

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Apples and cider are part of a long tradition at Minnetrista. Have you ever wondered why? It all began 140 years ago when the matron of Delaware County Orphanage, located on the southeast corner of what is now Minnetrista's East Lawn, decided that the children needed to earn a little spending money. An orchard was planted, and the children were responsible for selling their produce. What happened next? Frank C. Ball bought the property next to the orphanage in 1894. The orphanage moved and Ball bought the entire site, including the 10-acre orchard. In 1917, Ball hired Roland Webb to manage and develop Minnetrista ...

From all of us, Thank You!

Posted by: Bob Scott on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

On behalf of everyone at Minnetrista: First, we want to thank our annual campaign volunteers for all of your hard work on the campaign. We also want to thank our wonderful donors, sponsors, partners, members, and visitors!

THANK YOU for making a difference for children, families, and our community in East Central Indiana!

Minnetrista Sculpture - Waterbaby Fountain

Posted by: Diane Barts on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

I can hardly believe that itís September. Before the leaves begin to fall in earnest and autumn is officially here, drop over to the Childrenís Garden near Oakhurst and make the acquaintance of the bronze baby in the fish pond. The Boy and Lily Pads Fountain, which was sculpted by Brenda Putnam in 1916, is a celebration of youth and the close connection that continues to exist between man and nature. The smiling bronze baby is shown reclining on a bed of lily pads while water spurts from several water lily blossoms set around him. Putnam was born in 1890 in Minneapolis. After studying art in Boston, New York ...

What to do on Museum Day?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Just around the corner, Museum Day is almost here! Get free admission to any participating museum on Saturday, September 24. Muncie has three great museums that will be participating, and of course Minnetrista is one of them. We have new and exciting stuff lined up for September 24. It's going to be a busy Museum Day in Muncie! What is Museum Day? In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free. What is happening ...

What to Do With Your Family This Weekend?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Living Lightly Fair Where: Minnetrista When: Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. What: Living Lightly is a free resource fair for sustainable lifestyles, held each September at Minnetrista. This is a great chance to get outside with the kids or just by yourself. Jennie DeVoe is playing at 3:30. Live music and art, children's games and activities, live theatre performances by Minnetrista Theatre Preserves, workshops, documentary film and discussion, and more. Cost: Free! Middletown Theatre Project Where: Muncie Civic Theatre When: Friday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. What: Muncie Civic Theatre will premiere the ...

Open Space: Art About the Land

Posted by: Karen Vincent on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Calling all artists who derive creative inspiration from the land, or whose work celebrates the notion of open space as it relates to the land. You still have time to enter artwork in the upcoming juried show Open Space: Art About the Land. Work eligible for this art competition and exhibition includes artwork in any media which addresses the spirit of open space with reference to the land. Enter by delivering your artwork to Minnetrista on Friday, September 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. or Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Download the prospectus or contact Karen Vincent at (765) 287-3547 or ...

Casey's Clubhouse September Challenges

Posted by: Casey on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Each month, Casey's Clubhouse Explorers can earn points by completing challenges. Check out what Casey is doing in September: hoosier melons Wednesday, September 7, 3:30ó5:30 p.m. Did you know there are all sorts of melons that grow here in Indiana? Come to Farmers Market at Minnetrista to meet (and eat) some of them. Earn 2 Explorer points. Senior free-admission Day: grandparents day Sunday, September 11, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Bring in your favorite senior friend to celebrate Grandparents Day! Minnetrista Theatre Preserves will perform Habitat-tat-tat at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Earn 6 Explorer points. ...

Historic Photographs Part III - The Rise of the Snapshot

Posted by: Nadia Kousari, Collections Specialist on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

We all have that special photograph album that we treasure. Perhaps it includes images of birthdays, vacations, and snapshots of special events. Have you ever thought about how the snapshot came to be? Our digital cameras and prints are easy, but photography wasnít always such a breeze. Prior to the 1880s the photographic process was difficult and cumbersome, but in the late 1880s Kodak introduced gelatin silver roll film cameras. The use of gelatin silver made the process of photography faster and easier. As a result, the rise of the amateur photographer endured as photography was now accessible for nearly anyone ...

Minnetrista Sculpture - The Wishing Well

Posted by: Karen Vincent, Director of Collections and Diane Barts, Registrar on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Have you ever walked through the gardens at Oakhurst and wondered about the rabbit fountain? Did you get married in the gazebo? At different points across Minnetrista's campus, you see beautiful sculpture and architectural details. Most of the pieces have a direct relation to the Ball family. The Wishing Well was once the focal point of a garden on the grounds of the Frank C. Ball home. It was purchased in Venice on one of Mr. and Mrs. Ballís trips abroad. Following the 1967 fire that destroyed the Ball family home, the Wishing Well was moved to the home of Alexander and Rosemary Ball Bracken in Westwood. Mrs. ...