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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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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Night At The Museum with Richard Campbell D.D.S. "Dr. Feelgood"

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“Night for the Museum with “Dr. Feelgood”

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 3rd “Night at the Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on the second Monday night in April, 2012.  Dr. Richard Campbell better known to some as “Dr. Feelgood” will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on April 9th, 2012.

Richard W. Campbell; a product of Minden's public education gained a BA in English and a BS in Zoology from LA Tech and a DDS from LSU. He plans to regale listeners with stories of growing up in the best of times in Minden and about his mother, Thomas Lorraine Campbell who was Webster's first Parish Historian. Additionally, he will give insight into what it was like to have been an Infantry Recon Platoon Leader in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division.

Don’t miss your chance to hear about one of Minden’s homegrown sons. 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 5:00 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.

Dr. Richard Campbell prepares his notes at a table where a few of the items he carried in the 1st Calvary Division are displayed during Monday’s Night for the Museum event. | Press-Herald photo/Bonnie Culverhouse

A standing-room-only crowd saw a different side of "Dr. Feelgood" Monday night from the one they may have previously known.
Dr. Richard Campbell addressed the Night for the Museum group with stories of his family's move to Minden from Marceline, Missouri. He talked of how his parents followed his uncle to Louisiana and how his father liked Minden better than Shreveport so they settled here.
He also talked of his mother, Thomas Lorraine Campbell, who was Webster's first Parish historian.
But then he talked of the time he spent in Vietnam in the 1st Calvary Division from 1970 to 1971.
"I was in two different battalions," Campbell said. "I was a line platoon leader and later a recon platoon leader."
Men in his platoon carried packs weighing 90 pounds, in addition to a M-16 U.S. rifle and SKS Chinese community carbine.
"It's a semi-automatic version of the AK-47," Campbell said. "The AK-47 is actually the most recognized weapon – and perhaps symbol – in the world."
Campbell said the 90-pound packs he and his men carried, consisted of 13 quarts of water, 400 rounds of M-16 ammunition, C-4 explosives, M-60 machine gun rounds, five fragmentation grenades, five smoke rounds, an air mattress, ponchos, five days of food rations, toiletries, toilet paper, extra socks, an entrenching tool (shovel) and a Machete.
"The toilet paper, bug spray and foot powder were among the most important things," said Campbell, who also admitted he carried a 9mm pistol and 30 rounds for it.
Night for the Museum events are held once a month at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street. Admission is free with donations accepted.
For more information about the museum, contact Schelley Brown Francis at 377-3002.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

If You Build It They Will Come

North Acres Church Senior Adult Class take a tour!

Mr. Claude West and sister Gloria West Evans draw a crowd of over 125 !

Over 300 guest for the month of March!
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum has been a very busy place this March.  The Minden Study Club group held their monthly meeting in the Media/Learning Center on Friday March 2, 2012 with John Agan the Webster Parish Historian as guest speaker.  Next on the calendar was the 2nd “Night at the Museum” with Gloria West Evans and Mr. Claude West speaking to over 120 people about the West family.  This event was followed up on Wednesday March 14th, 2012 with the Senior Adult class of North Acres Baptists Church attending a 45 minute tour of the museum.   Schelley Francis reported over 300 people have been through the museum in just the past few weeks. 

Mrs. Francis stated, “Having the “Nights at the Museum” in our Media/Learning Center is really working out great.  The people get to experience what we are all about.  So many people that have not been to the museum before are getting to see it for the first time.  The WOW factor is what we strive for and we are sure getting a lot of that now.  We have hopes of expansion within the next year or so and with so many people now seeing what we have this will speed up the need for more room.  We couldn’t be more pleased, with the generosity of the many people and entities that have helped us to get to where we are today.  The museum was a long time coming and so much hard work has been done since 2008 to get to where we are today.  We have a first class facility with so much to offer for all ages.  Plus you can rent out the museum for special events!”

If you would like to book a class tour or a special group tour of the museum please give museum director Schelley Francis a call at 318-377-3002.  Admission is free.  Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 lunch) Saturday from 10-noon.  We can accommodate other hours with a special booking.  Join us on Facebook to find out the latest information and you can also sign up for email blast by visiting the museum blog at .