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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, February 14, 2012

“WWII War Stories” with Jack Holman

“WWII War Stories”

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum held its 1st “Night At The Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on Monday night, February 13th, 2012.  The event highlighted the WWII memories of Mr. Jack Holman.  The evening began with opening comments and welcome by museum director Schelley Brown Francis.  Dorcheat Museum Association President, Mr. Thad Andress then introduced the guest speaker. 

Holman told of his journey from the halls of his college days at Ole’ Miss to going into the Navy soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Hobson Holman attained the non-commissioned rank of Fire Controlman Second Class Petty Officer onboard the destroyer USS HOBSON, the lead ship for the Utah Beachhead at Normandy on D-Day. HOBSON took Holman to Utah Beach in Normandy on D-Day, southern France for the invasion, the sinking of U- 571 and to Okinawa, Japan in the Pacific Theatre where his ship was under daily Kamikaze attacks. Holman’s vivid memories mixed with a little humor made the night special to everyone in attendance.  Holman has also written several books about WWII that anyone interested in the subject would enjoy.   

Even with the cold and rainy weather, the museum was standing room only with a little over 100 people attending the evening.  “I am so glad I was able to attend tonight.” commented one of the guests who had never been to a museum event. 

The museum is open free of charge Tuesday-Saturday.  The next museum event will be held Monday, March 12th,  with Gloria West Evans and Claude O. West as guest speakers.  The Nights At The Museum events are something that anyone interested in history and the Minden area will not want to miss.

If you would like to hear the story as told by Mr. Holman or any of the other speakers you can contact the museum for your copy of the DVD for $10 each.  For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit .  You can also find the museum on Facebook.