Minden native Joan Wiley Luck will use her "vivid memories of childhood" to share her local history at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum's "Night at the Museum" Monday, March 11.
Museum Director Schelley Brown Francis said Luck's roots run deep in north Louisiana, with both maternal and fraternal ancestors having settled here many generations ago.
"As she will tell you, she would not want to live anywhere else but Minden," Francis said. "Joan and her husband, Joe Luck, are always eager to help preserve Minden's rich history. Both play characters at the Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk.
"Joan has a very vivid memory when it comes to her childhood experiences," Francis continued. "These memories were captured in 2012 in her book 'My Small Abundances,' now available at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum. Joan is also a regular contributor to the museum cookbooks, where she shares memories with each of her recipes, saying, 'I hope my memories bring a smile to your face. Smiling is good for the soul.'"
Luck attended school in Minden and also in southern California where her mother lived at the time. She is a mother of four children, Cyndy Clement Gay of Minden, Amanda Clement Barber of Chino Valley, Arizona, Rebecca Clement White of Minden and Mark Clement of Fordoche. Joan has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Luck has spent most of her career life in the Webster Parish Court System, where she worked 21 years in district court. She has spent 26 years in Minden City Court, where she served as clerk and court administrator for Judge Harmon Drew, Jr. She now serves in that same capacity for Judge John C. Campbell.
In her spare time she enjoys fishing with her husband, painting, cooking, bird watching and spending time with her family.
All museum events are held in the Media/Learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street.
Doors will open Monday at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-served seating. Program begins at 6 p.m.; admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.
For more information contact Francis at 377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com.