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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, January 24, 2017

“A March Down Memory Lane with Neil Baker MHS 1956

“Night At The Museum”

 “A March Down Memory Lane with Neil Baker MHS 1956

Doors Open at 5:30

Come march down Memory Lane with Neil Baker at the Dorcheat Museum, Monday March 13, 2017. 

Neil was born in 1937 in Minden, Louisiana to Willis and Marie Baker.  Neil and his brother Lloyd grew up in the 1940s and 50s era.  To some this era holds a special meaning with many great stories.  Most of his 1956 Minden classmates remember Neil as a drummer at MHS and later on as a member of the teen band the Kats.  After high school Neil attended LA Tech, Kilgore J.C. and Stephen F. Austin State University.  It was while he was attending LA Tech that a new band, the Tunes, was formed. This band would also be made up of some Minden classmates.  The Tunes had much success and kept busy playing for local functions and college events for several years. 

It was at the Stephen F. Austin Campus in Nacogdoches, Texas that Neil would meet his future wife Ruth Grounds.  The couple married in 1962, made their home in Irving, Texas and raised two children.  Ruth was a school teacher in Irving before her retirement.  Neil retired from General Electric Company in 1994 after 28 years of service. 

Now is your chance to hear some great stories of a simpler time in Minden.  The 62nd “Night at the Museum” will take place Monday, March 13, 2017. 

Don't miss your chance to hear about some of our local history. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning center 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 CLOSED. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.