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In 1887, the Ball Family moved its glass manufacturing business from Buffalo, New York to Muncie. Ball Brother Glass Company became one of America’s best known manufacturers of canning jars.
Minnetrista, “a gathering place by the water,” takes its name from the original F.C. Ball home that once stood at the location of Minnetrista’s Center Building. The name now applies to our entire community, as Minnetrista keeps this name alive through programming, workshops and exhibits creating a gathering place for all. Tours of the G.A. Ball home, Oakhurst, are available daily thru Minnetrista. Special group tours of the E.B. Bertha Ball Home are also available thru the Muncie Visitor’s Bureau.