Minnetrista Blogs

Hot Weather and Water Supplies

Posted by: Susan Smith on September 4, 2019 at 1:02 pm

Hot weather is not a new phenomenon.  While it currently may be hotter for longer periods of time and in places that do not normally experience high temperatures, extreme heat conditions made an impact on people’s lives and livelihood more than 100 years ago. September... Read More >

Faeries, Sprites, & Lights Recap

Posted by: Madison Kiser on August 16, 2019 at 2:05 pm

For some people, Minnetrista’s Faeries, Sprites & Lights event is an annual occasion to bring the family together, but there are others who have heard of the event, but are still unsure what exactly it entails. Is it a play production? A summer carnival for... Read More >

The Machine That Cures All Illnesses

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on July 29, 2019 at 10:46 am

If only it was that simple. According to the instruction book for a piece of medical equipment in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection, “All human ailments, with the exception of highly infectious and contagious diseases, are traceable to one cause: Imperfect circulation and impoverished blood.” And... Read More >

Storm Water Mitigation at Minnetrista

Posted by: Madison Kiser on July 11, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Muncie is making its mark in the Midwest as an eco-friendly city and Minnetrista’s work in storm water mitigation is a big part of these efforts! Minnetrista is known in East Central Indiana for its historic gardens and beautiful landscaping. It is apparent to many... Read More >

Experiencing Bob Ross at Minnetrista

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on June 27, 2019 at 2:38 pm

“Exercising the imagination, experimenting with talents, being creative; these things, to me, are truly the windows to your soul.” – Bob Ross In 1983 a Datsun camper drove into Muncie, IN, carrying a little-known art instructor named Bob Ross. Although the vehicle had seen better days... Read More >

Weddings at Minnetrista

Posted by: Madison Kiser on June 14, 2019 at 11:45 am

To many people, the most magical time at Minnetrista is summer, with events such as Faeries, Sprites and Lights and the Fourth of July. However, if you ask a bride or groom they will tell you the real magic and fireworks at Minnetrista occur at... Read More >

Baur Window Glass

Posted by: Susan Smith on May 30, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Emil Baur started the Baur Window Glass Company in Eaton in 1897.  The factory was located just east of the Standard Washboard factory, bounded by Perry Street on the west (known today as Meridian) and Washington Street on the south. Baur, an emigrant from Switzerland,... Read More >

Ball Blue and the Hoosier Slide

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on May 7, 2019 at 1:18 pm

They’re everywhere – in grandma’s basement, at flea markets and rummage sales, and in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection. They are used to hold pencils and pens, as centerpieces at wedding receptions, and as decoration in many kitchens. They are the beautiful blue jars, which Ball... Read More >

Meet the Marketing Team

Posted by: Loren Dent on April 12, 2019 at 11:18 am

In recent blogs, you were introduced to the horticulture team and the grounds team. This week, we would like to introduce the marketing team! The marketing team is of responsible for internal and external branding, outreach efforts and continuing Minnetrista’s message to the community and... Read More >

Ball Women Fashion

Posted by: Loren Dent on April 1, 2019 at 3:01 pm

From big and extravagant to slender and elegant, the evolution of women’s traces self-expression through history. Style showcases personality without ever saying a word. This was the case for the Ball women. For decades, they used clothing as a way to display not only their... Read More >