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Explorer Bags: Gateways to Adventure!

Posted by: Katelyn Milligan on August 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

The next time you want to enjoy the weather but are at a loss of what to do, check out an explorer bag from Minnetrista. Inside these bags are interactive objects, tools, and hands-on activities to help you discover something new during your visit. The... Read More >


Posted by: Jessica Jenkins on July 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Do you collect anything? Personally, I’m always on the hunt for pristine vinyl records while my spouse keeps an eye out for unusual knickknacks with an historic flair. The hunt for these objects is a lot of fun and once our treasurers are brought home... Read More >

Do It Yourself: Faerie Garden in a Ball Jar

Posted by: Margo Morton on July 12, 2018 at 10:55 am

It’s that magical time of year when the faeries return to Minnetrista! Capture some of this magic by building your own faerie garden in a jar. Supplies: Ball jar Decorative moss Decorative rock Small figurines Glitter Scissors Directions Step 1: Cut a piece of decorative... Read More >

Eaton Bank Robberies

Posted by: Susan Smith on June 21, 2018 at 9:21 am

In my last blog, I wrote about Eaton’s post office robberies and speculated that those events might have been the reason for Joel Hamilton’s ownership of a set of brass knuckles. That was not the only crime wave Eaton experienced in the early 20th century.... Read More >

Season Your Summer with the Culinary Herb Garden

Posted by: Katelyn Milligan on June 4, 2018 at 9:12 am

Where else can you find popular cooking spices like basil, parsley, and oregano that are fresh and for public use? The Culinary Herb Garden is yet another gathering place within Minnetrista that enhances quality of life. This garden is free and open to the community to... Read More >

Admiral Hayler From Muncie

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent 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 >