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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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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, October 21, 2011

Help Us Save Our History

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.

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Thad Andress, President

P.O. Box 1094  116 Pearl Street  Minden, Louisiana  71058

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Holiday Hours 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

North Louisiana United Way Meets At Museum October 12th, 2011

McInnis Insurance hosted a meeting at the Dorcheat Museum Media/Learning Center room for the North Louisiana area United Way organization.

The Campbell Family “A Lasting Legacy” Packs Christopher's

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum held its 5th and final “Night for the Museum” for the 2011 series of speakers on Monday night October 10th, 2011, to a record crowd.  Cora Lou Brown Robinson, lifelong friend of the Campbell family, gave a heart-felt introduction as only a true friend can.  Many of the Campbell family members traveled to Minden to attend the museum event. 

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 Minden and the state of Louisiana. Of the seven Campbell brothers, Tom, John T., Cecil and Harry all moved to Minden 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 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 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 10 a.m. - noon. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

DAR Donates to Preserve Webster Parish History

The Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution made a memorial donation to the Dorcheat Historical Association in October. The group is scheduled to have two grave marker dedication ceremonies on October 22, 2011 for Mrs. Jo Kennon Williams and Mrs. Judy Kathryn Greer.  Both of these women were longtime active DAR members and officers.  The group will conduct a meeting and reception at the museum following this dedication.  The donation was presented to the museum by DAR members Pat Peevy and Janice Mourad.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage-based membership organization for women who are descended from a person involved in United States' independence. DAR has chapters in all fifty of the U.S. states as well as in the District of Columbia. There are also DAR chapters all over the world.  The DAR motto is "God, Home, and Country." Some state chapters of DAR date from as early as October 11, 1890, and the National Society of DAR was incorporated by Congressional charter in 1896.
Martha Willis Johnson, Jane Sistrunk, Nancy Bickham, LSDAR Librarian and Betsy Moreland .