One of my favorite times of the year is spring. Trees begin to bud and blossom, birds are building nests, flowers are blooming, and everything is coming to life after a cold winter. It is the perfect time to go outside and start exploring and noticing all the changes in nature.
Our go-to place for our family nature walks is Minnetrista. The East Central Indiana community has a nature study gem so close to home. The Minnetrista campus has multiple gardens and nature areas to explore. Each time we visit, we pick a specific area to observe and enjoy. For our first spring nature walk of the year, we visited the Nature ...
I can’t believe how talented all of you Explorers are. The artwork in the 2012 Casey’s Clubhouse Art Show is so amazing!!
104 explorers turned in their artwork for the show this year. Everyone from the little kids in the 5 years and under category up to the big 13 year olds made super cool works. Markers, paint, glued paper, and even glass and Legos were used. Some made calm pictures, others made busy ones. Some worked to make their pictures look like the real thing, others didn’t.
All the great artwork made it really hard to pick top winners for each age category. After looking at all the art for a long time I ...
“A most heartbreaking thing happened this evening,” wrote Rosemary Ball Bracken in her diary entry of Tuesday, February 28, 1967. That event was the fire that destroyed Rosemary’s childhood home.
Rosemary’s parents, Frank and Bessie Ball, built their home on land overlooking the White River in 1894. According to The Morning News of June 27, 1894, “’Minnetrista’ is the name chosen for Ball Bros. tract of land on Riverside. The name means ‘winding waters’ and as the property is situated on the bend of the river the title is very appropriate.” The colonial style house of frame construction had 19 rooms. In 1902, the ...
Have you checked out the Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past and Present exhibit yet? This exhibit compares etiquette rules from the past to modern-day rules. My family and I stopped in to see how well we measured up.
Good manners are just a way of showing other people that we have respect for them. ~Bill Kelly
Miss Minne Manners walks you through the ins and outs of etiquette. She explores manners through four areas of American life:
Out and About
Entertaining at Home
You can even email her any questions you might have about manners.
We learned that manners are not just a ...
Is there a holiday event, meal, or decoration that you look forward to seeing every year? More than likely, that something has become a tradition for you.
Mr. Skeleton took us on a wild ride about bones!
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.
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 ...
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!
I can hardly believe that it’s September. Before the leaves begin to fall in earnest and autumn is officially here, drop over to the Children’s 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 ...