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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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Thursday, February 5, 2009

"Night For The Museum" With Mr. T.C. Bloxom Jr. "The Chief"

April 13th, 2009 “The Chief” Talks To A Standing Room Only Crowd

When you are known by one name, it gives you a certain status symbol. That was evident on Monday April 13th at “The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum’s 4th “Night for the Museum”. Known to many as simply “The Chief”, Mr. T.C. Bloxom, Jr. a longtime Webster Parish citizen and public servant that grew up in Minden spoke to a standing room only crowd. “The Chief” only recently retired from his position as fire chief of Minden after being involved with the fire department since he was a volunteer fireman at the age of 15. As police chief of the Minden Police Department, Bloxom’s stories were just a fraction of what he has witnessed in Minden and our surrounding communities. He has saved several lives and influenced hundreds more. Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “I was so excited that he agreed to do this for us. The stories that he told were both humors and on the very serious side. The Chief has many wonderful stories and was only able to tap into a few of those in the short time Monday night at Christopher’s. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed listening to him as was apparent from the standing ovation. His unique way of telling stories was a real inspiration to everyone in attendance.”
An added treat for event attendees was a short presentation by movie director; Mr. Jeffrey Goodman. Goodman’s movie “The Last Lullaby” was filmed in Webster Parish and will be coming out in May. Goodman showed a movie trailer of the film to the audience and also talked a little about the film industry in our area. Afterward, Goodman attended the museum to answer more questions about production and filming in Webster Parish. He was also pleased at the way the museum has showcased films shot in the parish.
The monthly events have been a huge success in 2009 with 4 speakers having spoken. Each event has been recorded and made into a $10 DVD. These DVDs are a part of the fundraising efforts of the always expanding and progressing new museum. To purchase your DVD of “The Chief” just drop by the museum Tuesday-Friday 10a.m.-4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch) with Saturday hours 10a.m.- Noon.
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “Last year with our June opening we wanted to get the word out about the museum and what better way to do that than to tell our parish history from people that have lived it or whose grandparents experienced it.” The events have included a wide range of subjects from the Civil War, WWII, the 1940’s and 50’s recreation at Hunter’s Playhouse, Black American history. Each event has been attended by 150-200 plus guests every month. Many of these people traveled a great distance to attend the monthly events. Museum board members are looking forward to the next 3 speakers that are lined up. May 11th, 2009 will feature Mr. Richard Noles, June 8th, 2009 will feature Mrs. Joan Andress Williamson and July 13th will highlight the life and a tragic event dealing with the tornado of 1933 and the life of Dr. W.C. Wilkins.
The events will be held at Christopher’s located at 615 Main Street in Minden on the 2nd Monday of the month. Doors open around 5:30 refreshments are served at 6:00 p.m. with speakers to begin at 6:30. No admission is charged for the events but donations to the museum are welcomed. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair due to the large crowds. Seating goes quickly. For more information on the museum you can visit the web site at http://www.museuminminden.blogspot.com/ or call Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192.










4th “Night For The Museum” will feature a man know simply as “The Chief”

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Inc announces the 4th “Night for the Museum” of 2009. The monthly events have been a huge success in 2009 with 10 speakers scheduled to speak this year. Each event has been recorded and made into a DVD. These DVDs are a part of the fundraising efforts of the always expanding and progressing new museum.
Monday April 13th, 2009, Mr. T.C. Bloxom Jr. will be the fourth guest speaker for the 2009 season. Known to many as simply “The Chief”, Mr. Bloxom is a longtime Webster Parish citizen and public servant that grew up in Minden. “The Chief” only recently retired from his position as fire chief of Minden after being involved with the fire department since he was a volunteer fireman at the age of 15. He still serves as police chief of the Minden Police Department. Bloxom has witnessed many changes in Minden in his years serving our community. He has also saved several lives and influenced hundreds more. Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “We are so excited that he has agreed to do this for us. He has wonderful stories and I know that everyone is going to enjoy listening to him. He has a unique way of telling stories and it will be a real inspiration to hear him tell about the things that he has been a witness to in our area.”
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “Last year with our June opening we wanted to get the word out about the museum and what better way to do that than to tell our parish history from people that have lived it or whose grandparents experienced it.” The events have included a wide range of subjects from the Civil War, WWII, the 1940’s and 50’s recreation at Hunter’s Playhouse, Black American history. Each event has been attended by 150-200 plus guests. Many of these people traveled a great distance to attend the monthly events.
The museum has an exciting list of speakers lined up for its history filled 2009 schedule. The events will be held at Christopher’s located at 615 Main Street in Minden on the 2nd Monday of the month. Doors open around 5:30 refreshments are served at 6:00 p.m. with speakers to begin at 6:30. No admission is charged for the events but donations to the museum are welcomed. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair due to the large crowds. Seating goes quickly. For more information on the museum you can visit the web site at http://www.museuminminden.blogspot.com/ or call Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sarepta, Louisiana and Trace Adkins Country Music Star

One of the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum's famous list of people, Country Music Star Trace Adkins features his home town of Sarepta, Louisiana located in Webster Parish in this Music Video "Your Gonna Miss This". To learn more about Trace Adkins you can visit his offical web site http://www.traceadkins.com/ or read his new book "Trace Adkins A Personal Stand" Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck.

Webster Parish Gets World Wide Recognition

Webster Parish gets World Wide recognition during Super Bowl 2009

This is the "Year One" movie trailer comercial spot that was aired during Super Bowl 2009. This movie was filmed between Sibley and Doyline along Dorcheat. Movie features many local stand-in actors and actresses from our area. Major star Jack Black is the main character.