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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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Minden, Louisiana 71058.

Monday, March 23, 2009

"A Night For The Museum" with Mr. Richard Noles May 11th, 2009

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When Steamboats traveled Dorcheat will be just one of the subjects for the next museum event!
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Inc announces the 5th “Night for the Museum” of 2009. The monthly events have been a huge success in 2009 with 10 speakers scheduled to speak this year. Each event has been recorded and made into a DVD. These DVDs are a part of the fundraising efforts of the always expanding and progressing new museum.
Monday May 11th, 2009, Mr. Richard Noles will be the fifth guest speaker for the 2009 season. Noles a 5th generation citizen of the Heflin area is well known for his work in education. His many years of service with the education system of our area is extensive; Webster Parish school board from 1966-2003, teacher at Minden High, counselor, teacher at Sibley High, Principal at Cotton Valley, Dubberly elementary, Browning elementary and Heflin elementary, plus special education director, elementary director, and superintendent at Central office. Noles now serves on the Board of Directors of the Claiborne Electric Co-op and has been the Secretary-Treasurer since 2004. Museum director Schelley Brown’s comment, “Richard Noles has certainly made his mark in the history of education in our parish. We are very fortunate to have someone of his capabilities serving on our 2009 museum board.”
The Noles family settled in the Heflin area in 1854. The family still lives on this same land acquired by a land grant. Richard and wife Judy have raised 5 daughters on this longtime family property. Richard and Judy love cattle farming, gardening, travel and reading as hobbies. They are members of the Heflin Baptist church and serve on many other organizations that benefit their community.
Noles love of history will be highlighted at the May museum event with subjects ranging from Bayou Dorcheat, the steamboats at Noles Landing and his ancestors of the Civil War. This night will not only be fun and entertaining but should be highly educational for the people of our area. Don’t miss the 5th night for the museum!
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “Last year with our June opening we wanted to get the word out about the museum and what better way to do that than to tell our parish history from people that have lived it or whose grandparents experienced it.” The events have included a wide range of subjects from the Civil War, WWII, the 1940’s and 50’s recreation at Hunter’s Playhouse, Black American history. Each event has been attended by 150-200 plus guests. Many of these people travel a great distance to attend the monthly events.
The museum has an exciting list of speakers lined up for its history filled 2009 schedule. The events will be held at Christopher’s located at 615 Main Street in Minden on the 2nd Monday of the month. Doors open around 5:30 refreshments are served at 6:00 p.m. with speakers to begin at 6:30. No admission is charged for the events but donations to the museum are welcomed. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair due to the large crowds. Seating goes quickly. For more information on the museum you can visit the web site at or call Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192.

A Taste Of Minden "A Taste Of Yesterday and Today"

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009, come join the Minden – South Webster Chamber of Commerce and The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum for “The Taste Of Minden” “A Taste of Yesterday and Today”
The Minden Civic Center will be the place to be for a nice Sunday afternoon of tasting and sampling from all your favorite catering companies and restaurants from our area. Serving begins at 11 A.M. for those that go to early church services and last until 2 P.M. This year the Dorcheat Historical Association will be hosting Museum Tours from Noon-3 P.M. plus the “Taste of Yesterday cookbooks I & II” will be on sale inside the Civic Center. Tickets Available Now! $10 Adults / $5 Children through April 17th, 2009 and $12 Adults / $7 Children at the door. Contact the Chamber Office for more information at 318-377-4240. Don’t miss all the food & fun and a little history.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Jr. Service League To Host Event For Museum

The Jr. Service League Of Minden's 9th Annual Spring Spectacular Run/Walk will be held Saturday April 18, 2009.
This year the proceeds will benefit the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum. For more information on the Run/Walk or to register online you can visit and go to the events page and scroll down where you see the April 18th event listed. We hope all of you walkers and runners will show your support and help us preserve our past for our future. You can also go to the Minden Event page with this link