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Welcome To The Minden, Louisiana's Dorcheat Museum Blog

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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In return for your support, you will receive not only a tax deduction, but also, invitations to all museum activities. Please give every consideration to helping with this endeavor. Be a part of Webster Parish history by becoming a proud supporter of the Webster Parish Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The West Family “Night At The Museum”

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 2nd “Night at the Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on the second Monday night in March, 2012. Siblings, Mrs. Gloria West Evans and Mr. Claude O. West will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on March, 12th, 2012, about The West Family history, why they came to Minden, growing up in Minden, the days of West Brother’s Department stores and West Gibson's.

Both Evans and West graduated from Minden High School.  Mrs. Evans graduated Louisiana College, did graduate work at Louisiana Tech to earn her certification to teach computer literacy.  Mrs. Evans would later teach at Glenbrook School.  Claude West graduated LSU, worked two summers at New York University School of Business.

Gloria married her high school sweetheart, David Evans, and the couple will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2012.  They have lived in Pineville, La., Mobile, Alabama, North Little Rock, Ark., before moving back to Minden in 1966.  Gloria and David have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.

Claude married his high school sweetheart, Leatrice David, and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2011.  They have lived in Baton Rouge, Springhill, Bastrop, Homer, De Ridder, Louisiana and Stuttgart, Arkansas before moving back to Minden in 1955.  Claude and Leatrice have 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren with two more on the way.  Both families are members of the First Baptist Church Minden.

Don’t miss your chance to hear about one of Minden’s well known families. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La.  Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-serve seating.  Program begins at 6:00 p.m., admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome. 

For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit to sign up for the museum email blast. You can also find the museum on Facebook. To learn more about Webster Parish’s rich history visit the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum located at 116 Pearl Street in Minden. Museum hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday 10 a.m. - noon. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.