Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Harper shares family history with Museum Night go’ers

The 38th Night for the Museum event since the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum opened its doors in 2008 was a chronicle of the life of one of Minden's earliest families.

A large number of museum patrons and friends gathered to hear Mr. Mike Harper. Harper told about his ancestor's history in great detail and also skimmed the surface about his 1971-1972 experiences in Vietnam while serving with the United States Army-Infantry. Harper Family One Of Minden Earliest Families

Some of the earliest Minden area doctors and the first clerk of court in Minden were Harper family members.

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.

Magnolia blossoms are featured on many of the Harper headstones in the old section of the Minden Cemetery, due to the fact that Magnolia, Arkansas was named by one of the Harper women.

Not wanting to go into the horrors of war, the next stories were told on a lighter note by Harper. The types of helicopters and war planes used were discussed.

That first helicopter ride into the jungle and other stories about the amount of equipment and the types of guns that men carried into war were talked about.

A display of Vietnam era books, pictures, guns and ammo were on hand to look at the end of the evening.

The museum was honored to accept A "History of Our Harper Family and Related Lines" book that was donated to the museum by Mrs. Pat Stephens along with a doctor bag that had belonged to Dr. A. G. Harper.

For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com to sign up for the museum email blast. 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 through Friday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday 10 a.m. until noon.

Museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.






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