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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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PO Box 1094

Minden, Louisiana 71058.




Friday, October 28, 2016

LET US KEEP WHAT WE HAVE GOING! Give To Save Our History


Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum, Inc.

 Now’s the time to get your 501c3 charitable giving gifts in for 2016 tax returns

 

To the Wonderful Supporters of the Dorcheat Museum

Your Webster Parish Museum has now been open since 2008; look at how much work has been done and history been preserved in that time frame!  What once was a dream in the 1970s is a reality today.  People are coming from all over the country and some foreign countries to visit. Our local citizens are bringing groups in –they want their guests to see what we have here in Minden.  Teachers and local organizations are bringing children in for history tours.  Our “Nights for the Museum” have become regular events with large attendance numbers.  In 2007 we began our mission to tell people why we needed a museum.  Our “Nights for the Museum” speaker series was the perfect way to do that.  Today we have hosted sixty Monday evening events since 2007!  Many, people have done a great job putting it all together.  Our board works tirelessly behind the scenes. 

 

LET US KEEP WHAT WE HAVE GOING!

 
First:  There are many ways you can help, but it is important that we have adequate funds to continue our operations and grow in the direction we have envisioned. We have our Operating Fund that pays for salaries, maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc. at our present 116 Pearl Street facility. Our budget for 2017 is $60,000 a year.  A portion of our money comes from public bodies, and an occasional grant or two, but the majority of our money comes from individual donations, annual gala event and our various fundraiser projects.  With major budget cuts on the horizon for 2017 from some of our past sources, we need to increase our individual donations and our gala to make ends meet and to continue the work being done.  We hope that you see fit to support us in the coming year and beyond. 

 Second:  We have a Building Renovation Fund for our new building. It is our hope to continue working on the adjoining building we purchased in 2013 as funding allows.  So far we have about $215,000 invested in our new addition.  We need another $100,000 plus to pay for the remodeling that will be required to make it suitable for use.  One day, the new building will give us much more exhibit, storage, and office space. 

Third:  We hope that you might consider us as a beneficiary in your will. The museum plans to be here. Your gift can provide education and pleasure for generations to come.

Leave a lasting legacy for the future.  Having served on the Minden Cemetery Board we realize how important this part of our mission is for long-term success.   

With our thanks and appreciation,

 
Louise Baird Snook                         Schelley Brown Francis

President                                          Director

 P.O Box 1094   116 Pearl Street   Minden, LA 71058   (318) 377-3002

Friday, October 21, 2016

R.O. Machen Feb 13th, 2017 "Night At The Museum"

Doors Open At 5:30

“Night At The Museum”
“The Machen Family In Webster Parish”
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 The Machen family has been a part of Webster parish for nearly one hundred years with early roots in the Northern end of the parish. R. O. Machen, Jr. was born 5-7-1942 in Springhill, Louisiana. R.O. moved to Minden when he was in the 5th grade. His father R.O. Machen Sr. became assistant superintendent of Webster schools that year which prompted the move. A 1960 graduate from Minden High School and later graduating from Louisiana Tech in 1964 with a BS degree in Accounting.  His banking career began immediately after graduation when he went to work for Louisiana Bank in 1964 and Peoples Bank in 1967. After 47 years in the Banking business he retired in 2010 from Gibsland Bank.
Married in 1979 to Barbara Fountain a Homer native. The couple has five children, 15 grandchildren and so far 3 great grandchildren - and looking ahead for many more.  Barbara works for the State of Louisiana in the Child Welfare Division and will retire in 2017.  Machen stated, “Retirement life has been a big change for me because I have become fond of being by myself in Evergreen the last 6 years.” We are sure thatR.O.’s love for his Evergreen community and his hobbies will keep him busy.
Doors Open At 5:30
Now is your chance to hear and see a great presentation. The 61st “Night at the Museum” will take place Monday February 13th, 2017.
Don't miss your chance to hear about some of our local history. 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 www.museuminminden.blogspot.com 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 CLOSED. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment. 


 




Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Encore Presentation October 10th, 2016 McEachern Family

“Night At The Museum”
Encore Presentation “The McEachern Family In Webster Parish”
Doors Open at 5:30
If you missed it in April, now is your chance to hear and see a great presentation.  The 60th “Night at the Museum” will take place Monday October 10th, 2016.  Due to extremely heavy rains in April, this event will be an encore presentation featuring Timmie McEachern and Ethan Spillers.  
A nibble and a bite of history, fishing stories, and maybe a few tall tales is how to describe what you will be experiencing on this night.  This is your chance to hear a poet, songwriter, photographer, fisherman extraordinaire, and a heck of BBQ man.  McEachern will also be signing his new book “Rhymes without Reason” a collection of poems inspired by God, nature and the South!  McEachern and Spiller will take you back over 200 years of their family history.
“Not very long ago, I heard someone say; “Shake a tree in Minden and you're probably going to see a McEachern fall out of it!”  Many of the traditions of our Scottish ancestors still hold true today.  The roots of our goodly heritage still run deep and it is clearly evident that we are "clannish" and that can be seen by the large number of McEachern's, living in Minden and in the northern part of Webster Parish where our ancestors settled over 150 years ago..." Hard working, dependable and upright”, that’s how I'd describe my McEachern family, one that I’m proud to be a part of.” says, lifelong Minden resident, Timmie McEachern.
Don't miss your chance to hear about some of our local history. 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 www.museuminminden.blogspot.com 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 CLOSED. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.