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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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Taste Of Yesterday IV Cookbook!

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This fourth cookbook for the museum promises to be the best ever!  Filled with 400 recipes and pictures from many of those places we all remember such as Turner's Boarding House, Southern Kitchen, Lunsford's Downtowner and many others.  This book is filled with wonderful memories of shopping and dining in Webster Parish.  Don't miss this book. 
Cost is $20 per book plus we will ship for an extra $5
Please mail your check to
Dorcheat Museum
P.O. Box 1094
Minden, La. 71058
For more info please contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-423-0192

As spokesperson for the museum, I would like to thank the contributors to this cookbook for the wonderful recipes and stories. This book is dedicated to those that remember fondly “The good ole days of shopping and eating along the Main Streets of small town America and the local entrepreneurs that operated these establishments.”  When you think of your youth, you think of soda fountains, home delivered groceries and the local families that worked or owned these small stores and restaurants.  With those memories we remember meals shared at the local Drive-In or Sunday dinners.  We carry these precious memories with us, even when our small town life seems to disappear and many of those store fronts are torn down, faded and worn with time. 

I would like to recognize Brian Carlisle for his design work along with John Agan for his historic knowledge, folk artist Cora Lou Robinson for the cover art, and the Wise Family for the Wise Family recipes. Their talents made this more than a cookbook.  I especially thank the advertisers for making this book possible!

We have saved a part of history with these memories.  Many will never know about the old time country stores that we remember as children.  We are the lucky ones we can be brought back to these places in our minds with just a simple smell in the air, a faded sign on the side of an old building or a favorite recipe. 

The proceeds of this book will be used to help us expand our museum by purchasing and renovating the building next door!  We thank you for your support in this effort.  For information call 318-377-3002.  Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 1094, Minden, Louisiana 71058.  Please visit us at 116 Pearl Street, Minden, Louisiana or we are also on Facebook.


Schelley Brown Francis

Director of the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Inc.