The mission statement of the
Dorcheat Historical Association & Museum, Inc. in Minden, Louisiana..is to establish and promote a strong sense of community pride by preserving our past for our future generations. We will make our patrons aware of Webster Parish’s historical assets and significance by promoting, teaching, involving, and displaying history in many unique ways. This will be not only for our community but for others outside of our area.
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116 Pearl Street Then
1920's Photo of Pearl Street
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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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This Minden, Louisiana Webster Parish Muesum is Funded in part by a grant from the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Commission. http://www.visitwebster.com/ 1-888-972-7474
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. All contributions may be mailed to:
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 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 www.museuminminden.blogspot.com
Our Fourth Cookbook Is HERE! Acknowledgments 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 www.musueminminden.blogspot.com we are also on Facebook. Sincerely, Schelley Brown Francis Director of the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, Inc.
GIVE A GREAT GIFT AND HELP THE MUSEUM TOO! The New Cookbook Is Here!
Act Fast Because They Will Not Last Long! So Come Get Your Copies Soon!
$20 Per Book Plus $5 Shipping and Handling Make Checks Payable To: The Dorcheat Museum P.O. Box 1094 Minden, LA 71058 or come by the museum and pick your copies up today for $20 each!
Cora Lou Brown Robinson Painting
Limited Edition Cora Lou Robinson
The Dorcheat Museum will be offering a limited edition print of an original painting by folk artist Cora Lou Brown Robinson. This print will be an 11 x 14 for $25 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling. We will also offer a 20 x 24 canvas reproduction Giclée for $175. Don’t miss your opportunity to have a piece of 1950’s memories of Minden in your home.Mail your payment to Dorcheat Museum P.O. Box 1094 Minden, La. 71058. For more information call Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192. Cora Lou Brown Robinson and Hunter’s Playhouse Known to most simply as “Cora Lou", this Minden native and resident is recognized for not only her talents as a professional folk artist but also as a teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and true product of a deep -rooted Minden family. Born in 1935 to Ed and Celeste Brown, Cora Lou has two siblings--one brother, Ed Brown and one sister, Mary Celeste Powers. Cora Lou is married to Ronald Robinson. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Her childhood was what she calls “picture perfect.". She played from morning ’til night with the neighborhood children. Their lives followed a pattern. During the week they went to school, and each Saturday morning they listened to “Let’s Pretend” on the radio and that afternoon would walk to the “picture show” and then walk safely home. Each Sunday they went to Sunday school and then to church. She remembers the thrill of chasing lightning bugs at dusk while all the neighborhood parents sat outside and visited on their front porch. It was a simpler time in Minden, Louisiana, and for many of the people that grew up here. Her teenage years were wonderful in part due to the generosity of the Hunter family. The Hunter family has owned the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden since 1901. Back in the 1940s the Hunters became the recreation hub for all of Minden and the surrounding area. Everyone swam in their pool, played in their playground, danced in their playhouse, and watched countless ballgames in their park. No other town has ever seen the likes of the Hunter family in Cora Lou’s eyes. The 1940s, 50s and early 60s were a special time in Minden, Louisiana because of the generosity of Gladys and Larry Hunter. Cora Lou’s love of the special times and memories of the 1950s and Hunter’s Playhouse is depicted in one of her first paintings of a dance at the Playhouse. Cora Lou Brown Robinson says her paintings are about “God and Country, Family, and Friends.” Many of her ideas for her paintings come from her childhood and all come from her heart. Her paintings have been featured all across the United States and no one appreciates her more than her hometown and what she does for them by creating their memories on canvas. The following is taken from the “Memories of Hunter’s” book
Memories are precious, yet hard to express A golden moment, suspended in a capsule waiting to come again---but never will A safe haven in the storm of today A part of time so dear and so wondrous--one would have to have lived it to fully understand it A slice of life we wanted our children to experience--but they did not A time almost pure if compared to today’s lifestyles Something we can almost hold in our hands, yet not grasp A man and a woman so totally dedicated to young people that they made them their life Our own youth and innocence ---only a yesterday away ------Cora Lou Robinson This project to benefit the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum is sponsored by Ben and Linda Hunter, Cora Lou Robinson, Easley’s Fine Arts, Dr. and Mrs. Edward Brown, Gibsland Bank and Trust, Ann Mays Harlan, Steve G. Kirkikis, M.D., Earlene Mendenhall Lyle, Richard Campbell D.D.S. (Dr. Feelgood), A. Loye & Peggy W. Jone