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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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Dorcheat Historical Association Museum
PO Box 1094

Minden, Louisiana 71058.

Friday, June 8, 2012

If They See It Or Hear It They Will Come!

Minden, Louisiana's Dorcheat Historical Museum is boasting about some new advertising around town.  You will notice new signs on the front of the museum at 116 Pearl Street, billboards in several places and a year long cable T.V. campaign, plus directional signage at the corner of Pearl Street.   All these methods are just a few of the new ways of letting people know that Webster Parish has a great museum for history buffs young and old.  You can also follow the happenings at the museum on Facebook and the museum web site .  Mrs. Francis encourages everyone to visit the museum website and sign up to receive email blast for the important events that may take place during the year.
Museum director Schelley Francis stated, “We are so grateful to the Minden Press Herald for covering what we do at the museum.  The online website for the news paper can be accessed by everyone near and far.  These types of tools and social media have helped us so much in the last few years.  It gets the word out about what we doing almost as soon as we do it.  We want everyone to know where we are and that we are free to the public.  We have a wonderful small museum, we like to think we are the best little museum around!  We are constantly trying to keep up with technology and have created a QR Code.  This code can be scanned now from a sign on our front door with your cell phone.  The code then takes you to our website or wherever we direct it.  We may incorporate these codes later into our exhibits and a map of Minden’s historic sites.  We want the Webster Parish museum to be interesting to all ages by using all different types of methods.  We already use videos and sound effects throughout the museum that tell our history or make an exhibit more life-like, I feel that we are a stop, look and listen museum already. I encourage everyone to come by and see what we have to offer.”
The museum is always a work in progress; Dorcheat Museum is currently working on some new and exciting exhibits.  Museum exhibit designer Larry Milford’s recent trip to Baton Rouge has inspired many new ideas for the museum that will be coming to fruition soon.  Milford’s work is always impressive and his new ideas will be a wonderful addition.

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch) and Saturday from 10 – Noon.  The museum is also open by appointment for special tours after hours.  The Media/Learning Center room is available for rent and currently is showcasing the Louisiana Bicentennial exhibit until the end of June.  As an added plus all children will receive a free history gift when they visit.  For more information contact Schelley Francis at 318-377-3002.