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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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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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Friday, February 15, 2013

“Night At The Museum” with Joan Wiley Luck

“Night At The Museum” with Joan Wiley Luck

Joan Wiley Luck will be an event you do not want to miss!
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 2nd “Night at the Museum” for the 2013 series of speakers on the second Monday night in March 2013.  Mrs. Joan Wiley Luck will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on March 11th, 2013.

Joan Wiley Luck ... native of Minden, attended school here in Minden and also in Southern California where her mother lived at the time.  Joan is a mother of four children, Cyndy Clement Gay of Minden, Amanda Clement Barber of Chino Valley, AZ, Rebecca Clement White of Minden and Mark Clement of Fordoche, LA.  Joan has six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

She has worked most of her life in the Webster Parish Court System, where she spent 21 years in District Court and has spent 26 years in Minden City Court, where she served as Clerk and Court Administrator for Judge Harmon Drew, Jr. and now serves in that same capacity for Judge John C. Campbell. In her spare time she enjoys fishing with her husband, Joe, painting, cooking, bird watching and spending time with her family.

Her roots run deep in north Louisiana, with both maternal and fraternal ancestors having settled here many generations ago and, as she will tell you, she would not want to live anywhere else but Minden.  Joan and her husband Joe Luck are always eager to help preserve Minden’s rich history.  Both have played characters for several years at the Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk. 

Joan has a very vivid memory when it comes to her childhood experiences.  These memories were captured in 2012 in her book “My Small Abundances” now available at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum.  Joan is also a regular contributor to the museum cookbooks, where she shares memories with each of her recipes.  As she states in the front of her book, “I hope my memories bring a smile to your face.  Smiling is good for the soul!”  

Don’t miss your chance to hear about some of Minden’s early 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.