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Help Us Keep History Alive In Webster Parish
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.
All contributions may be mailed to:
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum
PO Box 1094
Minden, Louisiana 71058.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A Glimpse of Christmas Past is the theme for the
from now until the end of the 2011 year. Museum director Schelley Francis is encouraging everyone to come by the museum at Dorcheat Historical Association Museum 116 Pearl Street and take a peek at what Christmas was like over 100 years ago in . Minden
The museum is showcasing a collection of antique Christmas cards that date from 1910-1912 that were mailed to or from a
family. The O’Bier Cabin is decked out in pioneer style for the holidays with a tree and red & white quilts. Don’t miss taking a look at what the winter of 1892 was like in Minden with the special Minden Postcard exhibit. Minden
Don’t forget the museum has a gift shop with some great local history gifts, cookbooks, prints and DVDs. Plus shipping and gift wrapping is available for your items.
will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce “After Hours” on Dorcheat Historical Association Museum Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 from at 116 Pearl Street in . The theme of the evening is also “A Glimpse of Christmas Past”. So don’t miss your chance to see the museum during Christmas. The museum is free admission and free guided tours. Minden
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Inc.
Welcomes you to a “Glimpse of Christmas Past”
“Chamber After Hours”
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
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was the gathering place for a Sunday breakfast hosted by Travel Host Magazine of Shreveport on Dorcheat Historical Association Museum November 20th, 2011. A group of nine Louisiana Travel writers were guest at the museum on Sunday morning for a wonderful breakfast prepared by Mrs. Charlotte Martin. Main Street Coordinator; Pattie Odom and Tourism Director; Lynn Dorsey were in charge of the days agenda which started at the museum for breakfast and a tour. After a guided tour of the museum by museum director Schelley Brown Francis the group was then taken on a driving tour of ’s Historic Residential District by Francis. Around the group toured Minden ’s Main Streets for a little shopping and a trip to Minden ’s Art on Main Studio. Minden
Travel writers often come in groups to our area to see what kinds of interesting things are going on in different parts of the state. This is a tourism based group so this is a great way for
to show what we have to offer in our area. Can’t wait to see what great stories come out of their visit! Minden
Friday, October 21, 2011
Dorcheat Historical Association
And Museum, Inc.
Happiness is accomplishing something you set out to do.
I know I join a number of others in being so happy that we have created a museum. Not only that, it is a very good one and our team is making it continue to move forward in many different ways. I say “our team” because we have had a remarkable number of folks join us in this endeavor. There are our private donors, large and small, our public bodies, and our businesses. There are our volunteer workers who have spent many hours painting, cleaning, keeping our financial records and archives, working on fund raisers, and soliciting donations. Then there are the donors of the objects for our displays, so very important to a museum. These have increased immensely now that our ability to display and preserve them has been shown. Certainly our “Night for the Museum” has been a team effort-- a very successful one at that!
Our paid workers, Schelley Francis and Larry Milford, are most important cogs in the team effort and continue to grow in their abilities to create and operate a museum.
We really have an amazing success! People are coming from all over to visit and enjoy the museum. Other museums have visited us to study our methods of promoting the museum, as well as our display technology.
We are calling on our supporters to provide the financial assistance that will enable us to continue to move forward in preserving our heritage.
Please fill out the enclosed card and send us your gift.
Come see us!
Thad Andress, President
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Thursday, October 13, 2011
held its 5th and final “Night for the Museum” for the 2011 series of speakers on Monday night Dorcheat Historical Association Museum October 10th, 2011, to a record crowd. Cora Lou Brown Robinson, lifelong friend of the family, gave a heart-felt introduction as only a true friend can. Many of the Campbell family members traveled to Campbell to attend the museum event. Minden
Rebecca Campbell Marvin spoke first and was followed by John C. Campbell. Both spoke of their parents and uncles and the role these men played in their lives as well as the role they played in the history of
and the state of Minden . Of the seven Louisiana brothers, Tom, John T., Cecil and Harry all moved to Campbell from Bienville Parish. Tom Campbell served as Webster Parish Clerk of Court for 20 years. John T. Campbell and Cecil Campbell practiced law in Minden from the late 20s until they died in the 1990s. Harry Campbell served as Superintendent of the Webster Parish School Board. The brothers were significantly involved in the legal, political and educational community for over fifty years in the state of Minden . Louisiana
At the end of the evening stories were told by audience members to add to the night’s memories. Foster Campbell, a cousin and member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and former 26 year member of the Louisiana Senate spoke of what he had learned about being a public servant from his relatives.
If you missed your chance to hear about one of Minden’s most interesting and influential families a
DVD of the evening is available for $10 at the museum. 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 , located at Dorcheat Historical Association Museum 116 Pearl Street in . Museum hours: closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday - . The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment. Minden
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The Daughters of the American Revolution (
Martha Willis Johnson, Jane Sistrunk, Nancy Bickham, LSDAR Librarian and Betsy Moreland .
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
“I think people were thrilled with the variety of silent auction items and the great variety of foods. We are so fortunate to have the support of so many people from far and wide. This year we had people sending auction items from a three state region. We are pleased with our progress and we know we couldn’t do any of it without so many generous friends and supporters of the museum.” stated Schelley Brown Francis.
B & B stays, paintings, large garden pottery arrangement, iron artwork, photography gift certificates and catering services were just a few of the over 100 items to pick from. The silent auction was a big hit with the crowd bringing in over $21,000 for the evening on the auction alone! “The members of the museum board would like to thank all of the local merchants for their generosity in helping us put all of this together.” Francis said.
The item that had everyone’s attention was an original painting by folk artist, Cora Lou Robinson. Last year Robinson’s painting of a birthday party at the Minden Community house was the number one item for the event. The 2011 painting depicted the 1941 Military Maneuvers that came thru
Robinson’s vivid memory of this event was captured on canvas for all to admire. Mrs. Robinson stated, “It was wonderful to be a child in the 1940s, especially in
. Even though a world war was going on, we all felt safe here. Nothing today can compare to the life we had. We created our own entertainment, and though we had no TVs, Wiis, or I-pods, no one could ever have had a better time than we did. I was six years old when the troops of the Louisiana War Games, or maneuvers, came through Minden . A convoy more than 50 miles long went through Minden on Highway 80, passing through downtown. I was watching the soldiers throw addresses to girls along the parade route and I couldn't imagine why they didn't throw me one. I will never forget that day and how proud everyone was of our soldiers and how patriotic all Americans were. I am so PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!” Once again Mrs. Robinson’s painting was the top fundraising item for the evening. The high bidder, Ann Harlan, is now the proud owner of this Cora Lou original. Harlan is a longtime collector of Robinson’s art and was thrilled to be the high bidder for the evening. Minden
Many first time guests were amazed at the quality and beauty of the now three year old museum. “You really have something to be proud of!” a guest said. The museum is really a showplace for our area and has received quite a bit of notice from the
area on local TV stations, magazines and newspapers. This past summer over 400 people passed through the doors of the museum for private tours during the Summer Pioneer Program. With the Media/Theater room opened, it gives the museum an extra advantage of being able to offer this facility to others. “We can now rent this part of the museum out for meetings, reunions and parties, plus we have the added benefit of the theater system for Power Point or video presentations.” commented Francis. For more information on the Shreveport call 318-377-3002 or visit at Dorcheat Museum . To sign up for updates visit the website at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com you can also find us on Facebook.
116 Pearl Street
116 Pearl Street
Friday, August 19, 2011
will hold its 5th and final “Night for the Museum” for the 2011 series of speakers on the second Monday night in October, 2011. Rebecca Campbell Marvin and John C. Campbell will speak to the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on Dorcheat Historical Association Museum October 10, 2011, on the role the family played in Campbell . Of the seven Minden brothers, Tom, John T., Cecil and Harry all moved to Campbell from Bienville Parish. Tom Campbell served as Webster Parish Clerk of Court for 20 years. John T. Campbell and Cecil Campbell practiced law in Minden from the late 20s until they died in the 1990s. Harry Campbell served as Superintendent of the Webster Parish School Board. The brothers were significantly involved in the legal, political and educational community for over fifty years. Minden
Don’t miss your chance to hear about one of
’s most interesting and influential families. The event will be held at Christopher’s, 615 Main St. , Minden , La. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. , with first -come, first- serve seating. This program will draw a large crowd, so lawn chairs are recommended to insure a seat. Program begins at , 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 Minden located at Dorcheat Historical Association Museum 116 Pearl Street in . Museum hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday - . The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment. Minden
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
“Museum Gala 2011”
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Cora Lou Robinson is in the process of painting 3 new original paintings for this event. Last year one of her paintings brought in over $5000 for the museum. We are really looking forward to seeing her new pieces. Other artists have also contacted us about donating original works; we are thrilled with the response. One of the artists is well known
artist Mrs. Chris Broussard. Broussard is also working on a new original painting. Updates will be announced as the event draws nearer. Minden
The museum is really a showplace for our area and has received quite a bit of notice from the
area on local TV stations, magazines and newspapers. With the new Media/Theater room opening, it gives the museum an extra advantage of being able to offer this facility to others. “We can now rent this part of the museum out for meetings, reunions and parties, plus we have the added benefit of the theater system for Power Point or video presentations.” commented Snook. For more information on the Shreveport call 318-377-3002 or visit at Dorcheat Museum 116 Pearl Street. To sign up for updates visit the website at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com you can also find us on Facebook.
Double click on cards to enlarge them and then you can right click on cards to print them. Please mail your response cards in with a check for $25 per person by September 1st, 2011. Dorcheat Museum P.O. Box 1094 Minden, La. 71058