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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, November 14, 2014

Museum Making Plans For 2015 and Beyond

Lou Snook presents Thad Andress a commemorative plaque for his years of service to the museum.  
Dorcheat Historical Museum has come a long way since opening its doors in 2008.  “The museum is changing all the time” stated Schelley Francis.  This upcoming year the museum will continue to grow, work on expansion projects and new exhibits.  Longtime president of the museum board; Mr. Thad Andress steps aside this year to welcome the new 2015 president Mrs. Louise Baird Snook to the helm of the organization.  Andress brought with him the knowledge of importance of preserving family history and the diligence of seeing the job done. 

During Andress’s time with the museum great strides have been made.  Foremost is that Webster Parish now has a museum that they can be proud of.  For many, many years a museum was only a hope and a dream to just a handful of people.  Under Andress nine years at the forefront of Dorcheat Historical Association, much money has been donated to get the Dorcheat Museum where it is today.  “Without all the successful fundraising efforts plus all the time and effort that have been made by so many that are working and have worked behind the scenes of this organization we would not be open today!” commented Mrs. Francis.    

The museum has special events, gives free tours to groups, and is a great source for finding out local history.  That is something that for many is a dream come true.  But the dream doesn’t stop here.  Last year the adjacent building was purchased with the goal of expanding at some point in the near future. 

Mrs. Snook…. like Andress has deep family roots in Minden, with her Treat and Brown family connections.  So many people that reside in Webster Parish have very deep family roots.  Having family history that dates back for so many generations is a big plus to any area and a great reason for the strong community involvement that Dorcheat Museum has seen. 

For many of these longtime Webster Parish families, that is where the importance of having a good museum steps in.  When those older family members are gone, many are faced with what to do with items.  The museum is a great place to donate family items and preserve the past for many future generations.