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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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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"A Night For The Museum With Mr. Marcus D. Wren II"

George Lovic Pierce Wren (1863-1901) in the uniform of the Minden Blues
Dorcheat Museum’s director Schelley Brown announces another special history event. Monday April 14th, 2008, Mr. Marcus D. Wren II another one of Minden’s longtime citizen’s will be the guest speaker at The Dorcheat Historical Association’s “Night for the Museum”. Don’t miss another exciting and entertaining night of hearing our history. This informative night dealing with parish history during the 1840’s era should be another huge success. Last months performance by Mr. Frank Griffith was held to a packed house. Museum coordinators are again expecting a large turnout, so you may want to bring your lawn chairs just in case of a shortage of seating! Mr. Wren will be speaking at Christopher’s located at 615 Main Street in Minden, Louisiana with refreshments being served at 6:00 P.M. and an opening welcome from Mr. Thad Andress; President of the Dorcheat Historical Association & Museum, Inc. Mr. Wren will begin his presentation at 6:30.
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “With the help of Phil Demaline, this speaking engagement will also be recorded so that we will have a digital record for the museum. Our last DVD featuring Mr. Griffith is still available for $10. Sound system will again be provided by Durwood Blake allowing everyone the opportunity to not miss a single word. A tour of the museum will follow Mr. Wren’s talk. This will give everyone the chance to see the progress that has been taking place in the museum and to be able to hear about the new additions that are in the works. The Museum is changing daily as our opening approaches. The “WOW” factor is definitely there when you first walk in and even more so after you see what we will have to offer our visitors. It is so far beyond what people expect. It is so impressive and is going to be a huge asset to Webster Parish.”
Don’t miss your chance at hearing some exciting stories of Minden’s past from as far back as the War Between the States, as told by a great-grandson. Mr. Wren’s great-grandfather was George Lovic Pierce Wren (1836-1901) of the Minden Blues. During the War G.L.P. Wren fought with the Army of Northern Virginia in most of the important battles of the war, including Bull Run and Gettysburg. Twice captured, he spent time in the Union Prison Camp at Fort Delaware. After the war became a school teacher and would later become a Louisiana State Legislator and Senator.
Mr. Marcus Wren II has been a longtime businessman in our area and a member and supporter of the Dorcheat Historical Association & Museum. He remembers many important events and people that changed our community and are forever markers in time for Minden. Admission is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For more information on “A Night for the Museum with Mr. Marcus Wren II” please contact Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192. Reservations not required first come first serve seating.