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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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Friday, January 13, 2012

"Night At The Museum" February 13th, 2012

Return To Pearl Harbor

“Night At The Museum” With WWII Veteran Mr. Jack Holman

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 1st “Night at the Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on the second Monday night in February, 2012. Mr. Jack Holman will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on February 12th, 2012, about the Pacific Theater of Operations and Pearl Harbor.

Jack Holman spent his childhood and teenage years in Macon, Mississippi.  His family owned a 100 acre farm located three blocks from down-town, and bordering the Noxubee River on two sides.  Jack and his childhood friends spent many hours on the river doing what boys do best, swimming, fishing and hunting squirrels, rabbits and quail, camping out and riding horses.

Then the world changed for Holman and his friends.  The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.  The United States declared war, and the rest is history.  Jack spent nearly three years in the U.S. Navy in the American, European, and Pacific Theaters of War. 

January 1st, 1972 was the day Jack and wife; Mickey came to Minden, after Jack was transferred to the area with the Boy Scouts of America.  Jacked retired from this organization after 26 years.  The Holman’s liked Minden so much; they decided to call Minden their home.

Recently the College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri, chose Jack to return to Pearl Harbor with four other veterans and share memories of the war with ten college students.  The tour lasted eleven days; Jack commented “What a tour!”  Holman was also honored, to be part of group of Louisiana WWII Veterans that were treated to a day trip to Washington with the “Louisiana Honor Air” program. 

Don’t miss your chance to hear about some amazing adventures. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning room 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 10 a.m. - noon. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.

The Bayou Questers Visit Museum In 2012

Members of the Bayou Questers visited the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum on Thursday January 12, 2012.

The Questers is an international study club which was founded in 1944 by Jessie Elizabeth Bardens. Its major objectives are to stimulate an appreciation of antiques and their collection; and to encourage the preservation and restoration of existing historical landmarks. The motivating principles of the organization are to be found in the following words from Mrs. Bardens:

"Antiques are part of human history, a tangible record of the things of everyday living. A fascinating hobby, the study of antiques gives the most pleasure to those who strive to learn all they can about where, when, why and how they were made. Through discovery and knowledge of antiques, we may bring the past to life and profit by the experiences of previous generations."