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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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Minden, Louisiana 71058.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cora Lou Robinson Giclee Drawing December 1st, 2010

On December 1st, 2010 the Dorcheat Museum will be drawing for a $300 value 50" x 24" canvas Giclee of Cora Lou Robinson's 1984 original art work "Minden, La. My Hometown Main Streets" circa 1940s.
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Cora Lou Robinson and Easley’s Fine Art and Frame are teaming up for a fundraising project for the museum. December 1st, 2010 the museum will be drawing for a work of art for $5 for each ticket. This collaboration will be in the form of 50 x 24 Giclee canvas prints of one of Cora Lou’s original 1984 art works that was originally done for Minden Bank.
Cora Lou Robinson stated, “I was thrilled back in 1984 when Minden Bank asked me to do a painting for their 50th anniversary. I was not only pleased because I was asked, but because I love to paint my heritage--my memories of growing up in Minden. I paint a life, not perfect, but filled with all the wonderful things that matter in the world-- family, friends, church and the wonderful place where I grew up. Mine is a life I would not change a minute of and a place in time I wouldn’t change for any other.
Museum director Schelley Brown stated, “I am very excited about the museum being able to offer this reproduction of what many remember as a small print that was given away and later sold through the bank many years ago. To be able to get the artwork the same size as the original painting and on canvas is almost as good as having the original. The detail and colors are so much more vivid that the small prints. You may also purchase a Giclee canvas for $300 through Easley’s Fine Art and Frame studio in Minden. Artwork must be ordered and paid for at the museum located at 116 Pearl Street. Kerry Easley is also offering a 20 % discount on framing with your purchase.
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, P.O. Box 1094, Minden, La. 71058 (be sure to include you name, address and phone number with your check), or you can purchase a canvas print for the cost of $300. For more information you can contact the museum at 318-377-3002 or visit the web site at

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cypress Area Garden Club Visits Museum

On October 22, 2010 about 30-40 members of the Cypress Area Garden Club from the Benton area visited the Dorcheat Museum for a goup tour. This group spent a full day in Webster Parish visiting local attractions. This is just a few of our visitors in this picture.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Minden High Homecoming 2010

Minden High Homecoming 2010
Minden High School Homecoming 2010. Many class memebers from the 50s, 60s and 70s enjoyed activites at the museum October 15th and 16th. Click on album to see all the pictures.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

"A Lesson in Salt" with Mr. Jeff Girard

“A Lesson in Salt” with Mr. Jeff Girard
On October 11th, 2010, “Night for the Museum” celebrated archaeology month. “We were so excited to have Assistant Professor of Anthropology at NSU Mr. Jeff Girard as our special guest speaker for the evening. Everyone learned so much from his topic on the “Archaeology of the Lake Bistineau Salt Works,” stated Schelley Brown.
Many were made aware of the ongoing work in the lake area by the state archaeologist. With the recent fires in the Lake Bistineau lake bed and the burning off of underbrush, everyone was surprised to discover how rich this area is in archaeology artifacts dating back to prehistoric times. Everyone that attended was pleasantly surprised in the rich history of the lake and our area.
Girard has an M.A., Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin. His fields of interest include: Site Distribution Patterns; Late Prehistory of the Southeastern and Southern Plains; Archaeological Method and Theory.
Girard has more than 20 years experience in archaeological research in the Southeast, Southern Plains, and Southwest. As regional archaeologist at NSU, he works with landowners in the identification and preservation of cultural resources on private land, carries out research projects in areas where little information is available, and promotes awareness of cultural resources through public presentations throughout northwestern Louisiana. Recently, he directed NSU's archaeological field school excavations at a major mound site in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. He has an ongoing project concerned with understanding landform and human settlement changes in the Red River floodplain of northwest Louisiana.
All DVD’s from previous speakers are available at the Dorcheat Museum located at 116 Pearl Street. These make a great gift, so drop by the museum and pick up your little piece of Webster Parish history today.” stated Schelley Brown. For more information contact Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192. Or visit the web site at