|Becky Marvin, Kay Elzen, Janice Mourad, Cora Lou Robinson, Lou Snook|
|Dr Richard Baker and Mrs. Ann Harlan|
|Carleton Prothro preparing for the guest to arrive|
September 9th, 2013 was a big night for the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum. The annual event now in its 5th year was host to over 125 attendees and brought in around $30,000 for the Webster Parish history museum. Gala organizers Kay Elzen, Becky Marvin, Janice Mourad, Lou Snook and Cora Lou Robinson as well as museum board members were very pleased with the turnout and response this year.
Museum director; Schelley Francis commented, “Of course as always the highlight of the evening was Cora Lou Robinson’s original art work “St. Matthew C.M.E. Church.” Bringing in a high bid of $10,000 this year, Cora Lou’s painting has always been the most coveted item at the annual museum fundraiser! Her paintings have raised over $35,000 in the last four years for us. Cora Lou’s works of art have helped the museum tremendously and we are so grateful for her generosity, talent and love for her community. We are equally as thankful for the people that bid on all of our items and support us year after year. So many people realize the importance of saving and preserving our history, we are grateful for every one of them.”
The museum is in the process of expanding with the upcoming purchase of an adjacent building within the next month. This purchase will not only give Dorcheat Historical Association Museum much needed storage and office space but it will also give the museum a small parking lot, more exhibit space and a larger meeting area in the future. “Our goal this past year was to just be able to raise the money to purchase the building. We have the funding for that in place now, soon we will have to turn around and begin the raising of money for a new roof and other necessary renovations to make it a useable space for us. We have been able to set goals on all our projects and work toward them with much success. I think in time we will be able to offer an equally impressive addition to what we already have.” stated Mrs. Francis.
If you have not had the opportunity to check out what the museum has to offer, we urge you to do so. Museum is located at 116 Pearl Street a block of Main Street. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-4 closed from 1-2 for lunch and also open by appointment for special occasions. The museum also has a Facebook page and group that you can join to find out about the latest updates. Visit the website at www.museuminminden.blogspot.com