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Thank you for visiting the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum Blog. The Dorcheat Historical Museum is the only museum inside the city limits of Minden, Louisiana. The museum opened June 10th, 2008. Admission Free with donations welcomed. Our hours are, Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., closed for lunch from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., open again from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday we are closed but open by appointment for special showings and meetings. We would like to invite you to visit our location at 116 Pearl Street in Minden, Louisiana. We look forward to sharing our history with you. For more information please contact museum director Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or 318-423-0192.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Large Turn Out For "A Night for the Museum"!

March 10th, 2008 at Christopher’s located on Main Street in Minden was the place to be! At least 150-175 turned out in a light rain to hear Mr. Frank Griffith’s narration of events that took place in “Old Minden”. Mr. Griffith started the evening with one word “WOW”, in regards to the large crowd. “Much anticipation preceded this night for the museum”, stated Schelley Brown; museum director.
Mr. Griffith spoke of his grandfather a civil war veteran! That’s right Frank was born later in his father’s life. Frank’s father was born a year or so after the Civil War ended. His remarkable memory of detail and delightful delivery of his descriptive narratives left the packed room wanting more. Griffith spoke for about 30 minutes but many would have sat for hours to listen to these pieces of Webster Parish history. Plans to bring Griffith back for part II are already in the works for a later date. Griffith’s stories went back to the Civil War era of his grandfather and the decades of his father all the way to the 1950’s.
Mr. Griffith shared stories of scandalous political races of days gone by, the story of his father being elected sheriff over 100 years ago and many more stories that were related to him by B.F. Griffith Sr. so many years ago. Museum board members were pleased, that so many attended this first of many such events that they have planned.
Following Mr. Griffith’s program, Ms. Brown invited everyone to please take a tour to see the new Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum, Inc.’s progress. “Wow” seemed to be the word heard most often during the night, as large groups were shown the progress that has taken place in the museum since November. The new exhibit cases that are currently being painted are very impressive and will be filled with items related to the Civil War, Reconstruction, Historic Homes, Hunters & Coca-Cola, 1933 Disasters, Sports, Education, Churches, Industry and Business leaders just to name a few. This museum will follow a time line from the Indian era to present day with help from Webster Parish historian John Agan.
Many locals were able to meet the visionary artist behind the museum; Mr. Larry Milford. Larry was on hand after the speaking program to show people the work that has been done and tell of his plans for the future. Dorcheat Historical Association President Mr. Thad Andress emphasized the fact that this project cost and will cost a lot of money and that without everyone contributing in one way or another that this project would not be possible. Pledge cards were handed out and everyone was encouraged to take part and have a part in “their” museum. “This is everyone’s museum and it will take everyone to make it happen!” was the message put forth by museum board members. If you missed hearing Mr. Griffith a benefit DVD of the night is available for $10. For more information on the museum please visit the new blog site at or contact Schelley Brown at 423-0192 or