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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, September 13, 2012

Big Night For The Museum

Cora Lou shows Mrs. Lester where she has captured Lester in this painting as a Sunday School Teacher

Charlotte Martin's wonderful Happy 200th Birthday Louisiana Cake was a big hit at the gala

Cora Lou Robinson Original Painting The Highlight Of The Night!
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum’s annual fundraiser was a huge success bringing in over $40,000.  Over 150 patrons of the museum crowded into the silent auction room as the bidding frenzy began at 6:00 p.m. on Monday night. 

Museum director; Schelley Francis was very pleased with this years turnout stating that her goal was to reach $40,000 this year.  She also stated, “The money is still rolling in with a call today of a pledge of $10,000 to add to the total.  This should bring the total for the gala to around $50,000 more or less.  Which I am very pleased with!  We could not have done any of this without the support of so many that donated items and food for the auction.  We have been collecting items from local artist, businesses, cooks, patrons and so many more that I can’t begin to name them all.  Without them none of this would be possible and I hope they know how much the museum board of directors and I thank them!  Hopefully we can get the building next door earlier than expected but at least I know we have a good chunk of what we need in the bank.” 
The museum opened its doors in August of 2008 and has been going strong ever since!  The highlight of the evening of course was the original painting by folk artist Cora Lou Robinson.  This painting of the Minden Presbyterian Church in the 1940s went for a high bid of $8,000 to museum supporter and avid Cora Lou fan; Mrs. Margaret Evans.