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
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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.
The 55th “Night at the Museum” will take place Monday October
12, 2015.This event will feature
several of our long time Minden residents.Louise Baird Snook, Lucy Dickinson Adkins and Margaret Baird Evans. The talk will be centered on the Brown / Treat
families and the impact they had in Minden.
William Joseph Brown the great grandfather of the speakers
for the evening, moved to Minden in 1902 from Arkansas with two of his
children- Hubert and Helen.Helen would
become the grandmother of these three women that will be telling their family
story.W.J. Brown ran the Hicks Co
Wholesalers and purchased the house on Oak Street near Academy Park.Today that house is being restored by the 6th
generation of family members.
Frank Burnett Treat
moved to Louisiana after serving in WWI and finishing college around 1920.He was a chemical engineer working for Ohio
Oil Company.He met and married W.J. Brown’s
daughter Helen in January of 1923.They had
three children.Four of their
grandchildren still live in or have returned to Minden to live.The Treat name has been associated with many
types of businesses for many years in Minden.The Brown / Treat Families have certainly left and important mark on
Don't miss your
chance to hear about some of our area rich history. The museum events will be
held in the Media/Learning room at the DorcheatHistoricalAssociationMuseum,
116 Pearl Street, Minden, La.
Museum doors will open at ,
with first-come, first-serve seating. Program begins at , admission is free with
potluck desserts and snacks welcome.
For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at
318-377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com
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 DorcheatHistoricalAssociationMuseum located at 116 Pearl Street in
hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday CLOSED. The
museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by
Monday, September 14, 2015, the
Dorcheat Historical Museum hosted its 7th fundraising event since the 2008
opening of the parish museum. According to museum board members this year was
another successful year, raising near the $30,000 mark with large turnout of guests.Many new faces were in this year’s crowd,
which was a welcome sight to board members.
Becky Marvin, Janice Mourad, Cora Lou
Robinson, Louise Snook, and Kay Elzen, Janet LaBruyere, Ann Harlan, Charlotte
Martin, Dianne McGuire, Jo McCullough, Charlotte Jones and Mary Ann Hamilton
are all board members and the female driving force behind the gala. Not
to be forgotten, for all their hard word to make everything run smoothly are
fellow board members; Marcel Vandenoord, Richard Campbell, John Agan, Dr. Roy
Phillips, Carleton Prothro, Lonnie Simpson and Ben Baldwain.Guest seemed well pleased with the amount of
items to bid on this year and the great variety of wonderful Louisiana cuisine.
"We are so fortunate to have the support of so many people from far and
wide.”We are pleased with our progress and we know we couldn't do any of it
without so many generous friends and supporters of the museum." stated
museum director; Schelley Brown Francis.
Folk artist, Cora Lou Robinson’s
painting was once again the big money maker for the museum.Her newest painting called “Coming Home” was
a depiction of the old L&A Depot and of the WWII soldiers coming home from
war.Robinson's paintings have been a
highlight at the past auctions bringing in thousands of dollars
each year for the museum. Everyone always looks forward to seeing her new creation.
It is a highly anticipated item for
several months before the unveiling date.
Director Schelley Francis stated; “We could not do this auction without the
help of so many of our local businesses.They just donate and donate every year.It makes our job easier with the kindness of so many of our local
folks.This year we added a “Wine Pull”
drawing for some extra fun and were able to raise even more money.We had one family donate all the wine for
that part of the evening’s activities.”
The museum has had hundreds of
visitors this past year from all over the country. It is a showplace for our
area and has received quite a bit of notice from the Shreveport area on local
TV stations, magazines and newspapers. People are now seeing museum commercials
on TV, large billboards and ads in area publications.
museum is something everyone should be proud of and is a jewel in our parish
crown.If you haven’t dropped by to see
what the Dorcheat Museum has to offer you really need to do so.Hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10-4 closed
from 1-2 for lunch and open on Saturday during special downtown events.
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