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Admiral Hayler From Muncie

Posted by: admin on May 24, 2018 at 10:06 am

In 1992 I received a call from William Hayler asking if Minnetrista would be interested in a donation of photographs, archival material, and artifacts relating to the career of his father, Admiral Robert W. Hayler. Admiral Hayler grew up in Muncie and sounded like an... Read More >

Using SNAP and Health Bucks for Farmers Market at Minnetrista

Posted by: admin on May 10, 2018 at 9:00 am

The outdoor season of the Farmers Market began on May 5. The Market runs from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May through October. The market includes a wide variety of local and fresh foods – many of which you can use SNAP benefits... Read More >

From Home Kitchen to Company Creations

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on April 18, 2018 at 9:31 am

Do you do your own canning at home? Did your mother or grandma? If so, chances are they had at least a few copies of the Ball Blue Book floating around the kitchen. Full of recipes and tips, over time the publication became a go-to... Read More >

Do It Yourself – Spring Flowers in a Ball Jar

Posted by: Margo Morton on April 12, 2018 at 9:48 am

Springtime may bring blooming flowers outside, but you can create your own DIY flowers inside. With just a few materials, we created our own indoor garden that will stay vibrant all year long! Supplies: Two sheets of tissue paper in different colors Scissors Pipe cleaner... Read More >

Eaton Post Office Robberies

Posted by: Susan Smith on March 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

An interesting item in the Heritage Collection is a set of brass knuckles that belonged to Joel W. Hamilton of Eaton, Indiana.  The story of why he had these is not clear although his son Herbert H. Hamilton related that a bank in which Joel... Read More >

The Orchard Shop, Then and Now

Posted by: Margo Morton on March 8, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Today we know The Orchard Shop for its collection of local art and other exciting finds. But the origins of the unique store go way back to an orphanage more than 100 years ago. Children of the Delaware County Orphanage, which was located on the... Read More >

Jack Reichart and the Iron Lung

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on February 20, 2018 at 9:37 am

For some reason, my husband and I were talking about polio a few days ago. That subject brought to mind the project that included a local inventor, a Ball Memorial Hospital administrator, and the Warner Gear Company. It’s a story of people coming together during... Read More >

The Ball Brother Homes in the Summer and Winter

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on February 5, 2018 at 11:55 am

Minnetrista Boulevard is lined with the historic Ball Brother homes. The homes are beautiful in any season and each has distinctive features making them a beautiful site. We love the beautiful summer flowers as we equally love the pearl colored snow against each home. Below... Read More >

A Lifelong Love of Nursing

Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on January 24, 2018 at 9:29 am

Very often when items are offered to the Heritage Collection it provides collections staff with the chance to learn something new. Many times, additional information about local businesses is uncovered, and more often than not we hear the stories of people. Personal memories, narratives, and... Read More >

So, What is Nocturnal Week at Minnetrista?

Posted by: Sara St. Clair on January 9, 2018 at 9:47 am

Calling all nature lovers! You’re invited to the first Nocturnal Week in Betty’s Cabin the week of January 16–21. In preparation for this new event, we interviewed Experience Guide Rachel Foster, who is one of the creators behind this program, and the staff member who... Read More >