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Minnetrista Sculpture – The Wishing Well

Posted by: Karen Vincent on August 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

Have you ever walked through the gardens at Oakhurst and wondered about the rabbit fountain? Did you get married in the gazebo? At different points across Minnetrista's campus, you see beautiful sculpture and architectural details. Most of the pieces have a direct relation to the... Read More >

Historic Photographs Part II: Cartes de Visite

Posted by: Nadia Kousari on August 2, 2011 at 10:00 am

Like modern trading cards, cartes de visite became the craze in the 1860s. Immediate descendants of the calling card, they are small mounted prints, usually 2 Ѕ” x 4” in size. Cartes were inexpensive, easy to produce, and available to most people. Museums may acquire... Read More >

Gardener Dustin answers: “What is a rain garden?”

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on August 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

There's been a lot of buzz at Minnetrista lately about rain gardens. I had a foggy notion of what a rain garden was. A garden full of rain? A garden built to attract rain, like a rain dance? Really, I had no idea. I asked... Read More >

GARDENING TIPS: Dry Season

Posted by: Cassie Banning on July 27, 2011 at 10:00 am

We have now officially entered what Dustin, one of our Gardeners here at Minnetrista, calls "the dry season." For the past few years we've noticed having quite a lot of rain during the spring months, almost too much to really be able to do many spring... Read More >

Historic Photographs Part 1: Ambrotypes

Posted by: Nadia Kousari on July 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

Several different types of photographs are represented in the Minnetrista Heritage Collection, including daguerreotype, ambrotypes, cartes de visite, snapshots and much more. This is the first of several articles describing different types of photos. Ambrotypes are an early type of photograph, first used in 1851.... Read More >

Uses for a Ball Jar…continued.

Posted by: Karen Vincent on July 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ve learned about a thermos with a Ball jar insert and a jar used to bury a pet canary. Here are two more uses for a Ball jar:  Coffee Grinder The Landers, Frary and Clark Company was well known... Read More >

What is a Rain Garden?

Posted by: Stephanie Fisher on July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

Storm water management and rain gardens go hand-in-hand. A rain garden allows rainwater to collect and soak naturally into the ground before it flows into the river. The ground naturally filters out pollutants. One of our big garden projects in 2011 has been the Rain... Read More >

Do you remember the Minnetrista Golf Course?

Posted by: Karen Vincent on June 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

Between 1923 and sometime in the 1950s, Minnetrista Golf Course existed on the current site of the Muncie Central High School athletic fields. Established as a gift from Frank C. Ball and Edmund B. Ball to the Muncie Y.M.C.A., the Minnetrista Golf Course was a... Read More >

Meet Theodore Bear, Collections expert

Posted by: Diane Barts on June 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

I bet you don’t know how museums keep track of all the terrific things people donate. I know I didn’t when I first came to Minnetrista in 1988 as part of the Heritage Collection. Since then I’ve learned a lot. In fact, I’ve learned so... Read More >

The Many Uses of the Ball Jar – Thermos Jug

Posted by: Karen Vincent on May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

There are so many ways to use a Ball jar – as a vase, a place to put your loose change at the end of the day, a candle holder and many more. Sometimes, however, an alternative use was determined by the company and was... Read More >