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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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Help Us Keep History Alive In Webster Parish

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.

Friday, October 28, 2016


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To the Wonderful Supporters of the Dorcheat Museum

Your Webster Parish Museum has now been open since 2008; look at how much work has been done and history been preserved in that time frame!  What once was a dream in the 1970s is a reality today.  People are coming from all over the country and some foreign countries to visit. Our local citizens are bringing groups in –they want their guests to see what we have here in Minden.  Teachers and local organizations are bringing children in for history tours.  Our “Nights for the Museum” have become regular events with large attendance numbers.  In 2007 we began our mission to tell people why we needed a museum.  Our “Nights for the Museum” speaker series was the perfect way to do that.  Today we have hosted sixty Monday evening events since 2007!  Many, people have done a great job putting it all together.  Our board works tirelessly behind the scenes. 



First:  There are many ways you can help, but it is important that we have adequate funds to continue our operations and grow in the direction we have envisioned. We have our Operating Fund that pays for salaries, maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc. at our present 116 Pearl Street facility. Our budget for 2017 is $60,000 a year.  A portion of our money comes from public bodies, and an occasional grant or two, but the majority of our money comes from individual donations, annual gala event and our various fundraiser projects.  With major budget cuts on the horizon for 2017 from some of our past sources, we need to increase our individual donations and our gala to make ends meet and to continue the work being done.  We hope that you see fit to support us in the coming year and beyond. 

 Second:  We have a Building Renovation Fund for our new building. It is our hope to continue working on the adjoining building we purchased in 2013 as funding allows.  So far we have about $215,000 invested in our new addition.  We need another $100,000 plus to pay for the remodeling that will be required to make it suitable for use.  One day, the new building will give us much more exhibit, storage, and office space. 

Third:  We hope that you might consider us as a beneficiary in your will. The museum plans to be here. Your gift can provide education and pleasure for generations to come.

Leave a lasting legacy for the future.  Having served on the Minden Cemetery Board we realize how important this part of our mission is for long-term success.   

With our thanks and appreciation,

Louise Baird Snook                         Schelley Brown Francis

President                                          Director

 P.O Box 1094   116 Pearl Street   Minden, LA 71058   (318) 377-3002