Minnetrista announces its acceptance into the National Register of Historic Places

Minnetrista announces its acceptance into the National Register of Historic Places

Posted by: Hannah Whiteman    |    Wednesday, October 10, 2012 11:30 am

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October 10, 2012

Minnetrista announces its acceptance into the National Register of Historic Places

Muncie, IN—Minnetrista Boulevard, the four Ball brother homes, and the home of their cousin Mary Lincoln are currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places. On April 10, 2012, a certificate was presented by the United States Department of the Interior, declaring Minnetrista Boulevard a Historic District, a great achievement for Minnetrista.

The National Register of Historic Places mission states it “is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archaeological resources.” 

The Ball Homes and Minnetrista Boulevard met several criteria to become qualified as part of the National Register of Historic Places. They were each built over fifty years ago, are associated with important activities and people throughout history, and all have significant architecture. The historic district also includes contributing factors such as outbuildings associated with three of the homes and several pieces of sculpture.

Karen Vincent, director of collections at Minnetrista, was project manager during the extensive process. She states that “listing the remaining Ball homes on the National Register of Historic Places positions Minnetrista in excellent company locally, statewide, and nationally while providing several benefits such as opportunities for federal and state grants for future planning and rehabilitation.”

After several years of research, applications, formal reviews, and modifications, Minnetrista can now proudly state that Minnetrista Boulevard is officially recognized for its historical importance, not only within Muncie and surrounding counties, but on a national scale.

To learn more about the history of the remaining Ball homes, visit Minnetrista’s library or contact Archivist Susan Smith at ssmith@minnetrista.net for more information.

 

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