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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, April 4, 2012

“Night for the Museum with Leonard D. Miller, Brigadier General”

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 4th “Night at the Museum” for the 2012 series of speakers on the second Monday night in May, 2012.  Leonard D. Miller, Brigadier General, US Army (Retired) will speak at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum on May 14th, 2012.

General Miller was born in Minden in 1941 and graduated from Minden High School in 1959.  Miller graduated from Northwestern State College in 1964.  During his years of college Miller, married Carolyn Hall (also of Minden and a graduate of Northwestern) in 1962.  The couple has two sons and four grandchildren.  Both boys are LSU graduates.  One daughter-in-law is an LSU graduated with a Masters from ULM and the other is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  One son lives in Shrewsbury, PA and the other lives in Spring, TX.

Leonard and Carolyn left Minden in 1964 after he was commissioned through the ROTC program at Northwestern.  For the next 29 years he was a professional soldier with duty stations throughout the United States.  Additionally, they served two tours in Germany and he was assigned to Vietnam for two tours.  Carolyn stayed in Minden those two tours.  The first tour was 19678-1968 when they had one son and the second was 1972-1973 when they had the two sons.  Leonard retired from active duty in 1993 and they lived in their home in Fairfax, VA (which they purchased in 1979 for the first of the three assignments in the DC area) until 2002.  In the summer of 2002 they returned to their hometown of Minden and bought a home on Drake Drive. 

Don’t miss your chance to hear about one of Minden’s most high ranking Veterans.  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.