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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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Thursday, September 17, 2015

“Night At The Museum” The Brown and Treat Family In Minden

“Night At The Museum”

The Brown and Treat Family In Minden


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 Webster parish. 

 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 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.