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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 12, 2013

“Night At The Museum” with Philip McInnis Packs The House

The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum held its 38th “Night at the Museum” on February 11, 2013.  Mr. Philip McInnis spoke to a packed house at the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum.  Schelley Brown Francis stated, “People started coming in early so I knew we were going to have a full house!  Philip has such a dry humor that he kept the crowd entertained.  He gave a very detailed account of his family history along with some great pictures to add interest for everyone in attendance.  He did a wonderful job and we are so glad he agreed to speak for the evening event.”

McInnis is a member of one of Minden’s early business families.  The McInnis Insurance business in Minden dates back to the 1920s and the McInnis Brothers Construction dates back to the 1940s.  McInnis spoke of his grandparents and what it was like for him growing up in Minden.  Like many others, he wouldn’t trade growing up in Minden for anything.  He is very grateful and appreciative of his life here in Webster Parish.    

If you have missed any of the museum events they are available on DVD for $10 each.  The next “Night at the Museum” will feature Joan Willey Luck.  Joan will speak on Monday, March 11th, 2013.  Mark your calendar now; you don’t want to miss your chance to hear about one of Minden’s pioneer families.  The museum events are held in the Media/Learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La.  Museum doors open at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-serve seating.  Programs begin 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.