Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Mike Harper to speak at tonight’s Night for the Museum

Tonight, the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 38th museum event since the museum opened its doors in 2008. On Monday, October 8th, 2012, Mr. Mike Harper will be the headliner for the last of the 2012 series of speakers known as "Night At The Museum".

Many people may not realize that the Harper Family roots run deep in Minden, unless you have seen Mike as his ancestor Dr. Albert Gallatin Harper at the Minden Cemetery "Ghost Walk".

The Harper family ancestors are some of the very first people that were buried at the Old Minden Cemetery under the large Magnolia tree in the oldest section. This family actually named Magnolia, Arkansas and has had ties in Minden since the 1850s.

Mike Harper was born in Shreveport and is a 1969 graduate of Jesuit High School. From 1971-1972 Mike served with the United States Army-Infantry in Vietnam. After Vietnam he continued his education and became a 1976 LSUS graduate with a B.S. in management.

In 1976 Mike followed in his father Jud Harper's footsteps and began a career in the automotive sales industry by working at Rountree Olds-Cadillac in Shreveport. He went on to graduate from Dealership Management Development School General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan in 1979. Mike along with wife; Whittney and children, Marshall and Catherine have called Minden home since the early 80s.

Don't miss your chance to hear about one of Minden's pioneering families. 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 5:00 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 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 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 10 a.m. - noon. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.






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