Indiana Glass Trail

A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie

Legacy explores the lives of five brothers – George, Frank, Edmund, William, and Lucius Ball as they moved their glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie in the 1880s. The film pays particular attention to the wide ¬ranging philanthropic efforts of the family over the past 120 years, including the creation of Ball State University.

The full film is available online at:

The documentary recently won five international Accolade Awards: three awards of excellence for cinematography, lighting, and animation; and two awards of merit for directing and best short documentary.

Funded by the Ball Brothers Foundation in 2013, the documentary is one part of a larger project exploring community development initiatives in Muncie. An additional series about Muncie’s quality of life efforts titled Primacy of Place and a short documentary series about non-¬profit organizations in Delaware County are being produced concurrently. Both series will debut fully in spring 2015.

The Department of Telecommunications is proud to present a documentary about the five Ball Brothers – A Legacy Etched in Glass: The Ball Brothers in Muncie.  To learn more about the project, please contact Chris Flook at or visit:


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Columbus 800-468-6564
Hamilton County 800-776-8687
Kokomo/Howard County 800-837-0971
Project made possible by the Indiana Artisan
ICAA: Indiana Glass Arts Alliance Open to any individual or organization with an interest in the glass arts, such as experienced and new collectors, artists, gallery owners, educators and the general public.
National Fenton Glass Society, Inc.To promote the study and understanding of handmade glass, the handmade glass industry, and especially glass made by the Fenton Art Glass Company.

Neighboring Jay County

Dunkirk Glass MuseumDunkirk – The Glass Capital of Indiana

Dunkirk Glass Museum
127 W. Washington St., Dunkirk 765-768-6872
The museum features extensive displays of glassware, tools and exhibits which tell the history of glass manufacturing in east central Indiana. Group tours can be arranged in the off season. Admission $2.00/person. Children under 11 free with adult. Open May 1 through October 31, Tues. through Sat. 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.

Dunkirk Glass Days Festival, Downtown Dunkirk
Glass museum tours, factory tours food, free entertainment, amusement rides, parade on Saturday
765-768-6872 Dunkirk Glass Museum
Verallia Glass Factory
Factory Tours during Glass Days Festival
Dunkirk 765-768-6872

The Glass Bonzi
110 S. Meridian St., Portland 260-726-7350
Stained glass, gifts, specialty coffees


Oakhurst includes six acres of gardens and the renovated 1895 home of George and Frances Ball and their daughter, Elisabeth. Experience the wonderment of Oakhurst Gardens, located along the banks of the White River. Oakhurst is open year round. Tours available thru Minnetrista.

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass, generously funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation established by Marilyn and Eugene Glick, was built to support and promote the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region. The center’s studio spaces, equipment, faculty and staff support a broad-based and dynamic undergraduate and graduate curriculum in contemporary glass as well as community outreach and education about the glass arts. General visitors are welcome and encouraged to come into the Front Atrium. Artists are often working in the hot shop and visitors can observe them through the viewing window or examine the glass artworks on display in the cases.

E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Home

Built in 1907, originally named Nebosham, this was the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Ball. The home has been beautifully restored and is used for educational programs but is also available for scheduled tours.

Ed’s Glass and More Factory Outlet

Eds Glass and More MuncieTrailers arriving almost everyday bringing overstocked, discontinued, returns and seconds of merchandise. They have thousands of different items in their inventory. Glass, candles, home decor and more.