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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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Friday, March 21, 2014

"Night At The Museum" with Butch Williams April 14, 2014

“Night At The Museum” Like Father, Like Son
Family and Education In Webster Parish
 with Mr. Butch Williams

The 42nd “Night at the Museum” will take place Monday April 14th, 2014.  This event will feature long time Minden resident Mr. Butch Williams.  Butch Williams was born in 1947, to Wayne and Irene Williams in Haynesville, Louisiana.  Wayne Williams had just returned from WWII and was serving as principal at Shongaloo High School, when Butch was born.  
In 1950 the family moved to Minden, where Wayne Williams continued his career moving throughout the Webster Parish School system, starting at East Side Elementary and ending up as Superintendent of Webster Parish Schools.   “Like father, like son,” a phrase that could easily be used when describing the two Williams men in the Webster Parish education system.  Butch Williams would start as Assistant Principle at Minden High School and also ended up as the superintendent of Webster Parish Schools.
Wayne Williams spent 44 years in Webster Parish school system: He taught Social Studies and Coached football, basketball, baseball at Shongaloo High, became Principal of Shongaloo, Eastside Elementary, Minden High, Supervisor, ESEA, Title I, High School, and then became the parish school Superintendent.  Butch Williams followed in his father’s footsteps, teaching Biology-Chemistry while coaching football, basketball, baseball at Minden High, at Sibley High he taught Biology-Chemistry, Adv. Phys.Sci. and coached track.  He was Principal for 25 years at Sibley / Lakeside before moving on to Superintendent of Webster Parish School system.
Williams will talk about his long time family involvement in the school system and the changes that have taken place in Washington and Baton Rouge that have completely altered educations as we recognize it.  He will reflect of the 82 combined years between he and his father and their experiences in the area.  He will also reflect on his family, wife Ki and the couple’s three sons.  Ki and Butch Williams have six grandchildren now to keep them very busy now in their retirement years.           
 Don't miss your chance to hear about some of our area history. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La.  Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-serve seating.  Program begins 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 CLOSED. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.