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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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Twas The Night At The Museum With Cora Lou Robinson

Twas The Night At The Museum With Cora Lou Robinson
A Glimpse of Christmas Past

Christmas Memories from Friends and Families of Webster Parish
is the title of our new project! And the theme for our October museum Event!

Come hear one of Minden's beloved teachers and artist read excerpts from our new book that has been months in the making. I promise that you will have a wonderful evening of Christmas memories. A very special silent auction item will be up for auction that evening.... CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER will be our theme for the night!
We hope to have the books back by October and just in time for Christmas these will make a great gift for your family. It is a way to keep your family traditions alive for future generations. Call me if you have any questions or just need help.
This project has been on my mind for years, especially since I began my job as director of the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum in 2007. My favorite Christmas tradition that I have been doing for several years now is to read the book "Christmas Gift" by author Ferrol Sams. This book takes me back in time and always makes me cry for the past. It has become my special gift, for those like minded people that love the way things once were. The act of recording our memories is so important for our future generations. All of us have a special Christmas memory, tucked away in the back of our mind. This book was created in hopes of bringing those memories out of just our thoughts, to be put down in print and shared. Christmases are special to every one of us, but as a child I felt like they were more special here in Minden, Louisiana and North Louisiana.
My friend and folk artist, Cora Lou Brown Robinson grew up in Minden. Her artwork graces the cover of this new book. A few years ago, her idea to write down her memories for her children and grandchildren gave me the idea to do a collection of stories from people here in Webster Parish. This project began for me in February 2014, the memories began the day I was old enough to remember what Christmas was all about. I think you will see from all of these stories recorded in this book, that feeling is shared by many. We grew up in a time of feeling safe, of being sheltered from the harshness of the world outside our small town; we knew our neighbors and we cared about them.
I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed collecting the stories.

The cost of the book will be $25 dollars each and $5 shipping and handling if we need to mail you one. This book is over 250 pages long! Full of wonderful stories from people of our parish! Contact me at 318-377-3002 for when books will be available.