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Explore Webster Parish’s past at the Dorcheat Historical Museum

Take a look at the history of Webster Parish.

In 2008, the citizens of Webster Parish celebrated the opening of the Dorcheat Historical Museum on Pearl Street in Minden. Finally, the great stories of the parish’s past would be preserved and told to people all over the world. Inside, the museum is full of historic artifacts including a log cabin.

Dorcheat Historical Musem
The log cabin inside the museum

One of the most popular exhibits deal with the disasters that struck the parish in 1933. Most notably, the tornado that swept through downtown. Ask about the replica of the ham with the knife in it. Another attraction that people enjoy is the story of the Coca-Cola manufacturing that’s been around since 1901. Many people are surprised at the number of famous people hailing from Webster Parish. The fourth man to walk on the moon, Alan Bean, was raised in Minden. Grammy award winners The Cox Family lives around the parish. One of the most famous Webster Parish natives is country music superstar Trace Atkins.

The Dorcheat Historical Museum also sells books about Minden and the parish.  Books include stories from newspaper archives to the tales of the famous trees in Minden.

Some of the literary works about Minden and Webster Parish

The museum is looking towards the future with an expansion. Recently, they purchased the space next to them. According to Schelley, the expansion “will highlight each community and each town with what they’ve done and what they’re doing now.” To that end, the museum will be holding a fundraiser and silent auction. The auction occurs on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Reserve a ticket ahead of time for $25. If you can’t attend, make a donation anytime at the museum. For more information, call (318) 377-3002.

Some of the memorabilia from Coca-Cola in Minden.

The Dorcheat Museum is located at 116 Pearl Street in downtown Minden, La. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. By appointment on Saturdays. Group tours are welcome and lasts from 30-45 minutes. Keep up-to-date with them on Facebook.

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