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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.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

What’s Happening At The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum In Minden, Louisiana

A Little Glimpse Of Old Time Summer Fun
The museum is in high gear with the building expansion project.  Our goal of $135,000 is very close to being achieved.  As our deadline of September 31, 2013 approaches we have reached out again to our patrons.  Our fundraiser letters were mailed out in April and our 4th museum cookbook has been flying off the shelves.  We only need $25,000 to purchase our adjacent building.  We are so looking forward to reaching our goal and having the option to expand and showcase more Webster Parish History. 

May 13, 2013 was our 41st museum event since 2008!  “The Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant and Beyond” was presented to a packed house of over 100 people.  Many of the attendees had worked at LAAP at some point in their life.  Many memories of plant life were shared as well as the overall operations of the facility.  LAAP was one of the largest employers of area people since it was built in the 1940s for WWII and continued in full force thru the Vietnam Conflict.  Our “Night At The Museum” series of speakers has been a huge success and we have learned so much with these oral history presentations.  Our DVD series based on these events has been a nice added fundraiser for the museum. 

With summer time right around the corner the museum “History Pioneer” program is the perfect way to spend the day with a child.  Free Webster Parish history coloring books are given to each child along with a pack of color crayons at the end of the visit.  A promise of a gift is always a good way to get someone’s full attention!   
The museum is announcing new hours.  Our longtime volunteer, Mr. Floyd McBride will be moving to Lafayette, Louisiana and so our board decided that the museum would make a few changes.  New hours to be open are:  Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and closed from 1-2 for lunch.  Saturday hours will be by appointment only and for special events.  To make a reservation call museum director; Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002.  Visit the museum today at 116 Pearl Street in Minden, Louisiana.   Check us on Facebook or visit our website at