“Night for the Museum with a look at Minden’s International Branches” was the 5th in the now successful monthly events for the new Dorcheat Historical Association Museum. “Every month we just have a bigger turn out than the month before! These nights of history have turned into something the people of Minden are supporting in a big way. I think everyone is really enjoying their selves, it gives everyone an opportunity to not only learn history or reminisce but it gives the people in Minden a place to come and socialize once a month with old friends that they may not see often. It really has become the place to be and that is exactly what I hoped for.”, stated museum director; Schelley Brown.
These events are held at 6 P.M. every second Monday night at Christopher’s located at 615 Main Street in Minden. Last night’s speakers, Dr. Steve Kirkikis, Jimmy Michael and George Mourad filled the evening with fascinating stories as told by members of the many immigrant families that had such a huge and important influence on Webster Parish. This informative night dealing with Webster parish’s families that made it to Minden via Ellis Island was well received by all those attending. You came away from the evening with a sense of pride for your country. You realized how much it means to those born in foreign lands to get here at all cost. Ellis Island is a symbol of America’s immigrant heritage. It is hard to imagine, that in the time between 1892 -1954, nearly twelve million men, women and children landed there in their search of freedom of speech and religion, and for economic opportunity. Imagine arriving on a huge ocean liner and seeing the Statue of Liberty and the New York sky line for the first time! To see Minden and the United States through their eyes is a different perspective of history for our parish. These families changed our parish and brought a cultural flair to our area that didn’t exist until they arrived.
If you were unable to attend the meetings a DVD of all the past events are available at the museum for $10 each. August and September are already in the works. August will feature local author Marilyn Miller and September will be a blast in the past to the e1940’s and 50’s with a “Memories of Hunter’s” themed night. Don’t forget that the Dorcheat Museum is now open. Hours are as follows; closed on Monday, open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. closed from 1- 2 for lunch and open again from 2 - 4 p.m. If you would like to volunteer time at the new museum or donated items please contact Schelley Brown at 423-0192. Remember this is everyone’s museum so take part!