As the community has given to the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, the board of directors now wants to give back to the community.
Museum executive director Schelley Brown said the board has elected to drop admission fees into the museum.
“At a recent board meeting admission cost was discussed and voted to be dropped as a way to give back to the community,” Brown said. “The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum is one of Minden’s great spots to visit. You can see bits of history and learn while you are enjoying the sights and sounds that this museum offers.”
In addition to Brown, board members present for this decision were Cora Lou Robinson, Richard Campbell, Ann Harlan, Charlotte Martin, Janet LaBruyere, Louise Snook, Becky Marvin, John Agan and Janice Mourad.
Several board members said this year the museum has had hundreds of visitors from all across the country.
“Many are so impressed with what our small parish museum has to offer,” Brown said. “On a recent trip to Minden, Rick Rowe of KTBS 3 was just amazed at the quality of our Webster Parish museum.”
Brown said by dropping admission, the board hopes people will feel they can drop by on an everyday basis and see what is new at the museum.
“Exhibit work changes so rapidly, and if you don’t come in often you miss things,” she said. “With free admission everyone can use the museum like they use the library. It is a facility with lots of material for school projects, genealogy research, or just to bring children and visitors to learn about our rich heritage. We want everyone to feel welcome and not limited to access because of a fee.”
The popular “Nights for the Museum” are another way that the museum offers history and entertainment for the people of Minden and the surrounding area.
“These events have become the place to be in Minden,” Brown said.
The last speaker before the summer break will be Mr. Joe Inabnett on May 9. Then the “Summer Pioneer” program for children will begin. All children that visit the museum receive a history filled book about our area.
“I have found that adults love the activity book as well as the children,” Brown said.
For meetings, parties, reunions and other functions the new Media/Learning Center room is perfect.
“This room has a surround sound theater system and 90 chairs and available tables,” Brown said. “This room is the perfect spot for non-profit organizations to have meetings or for small business meetings. Call for rates and availability on this area of the museum.
The museum gift shop is a place to go for local items such as the popular museum cookbooks, Cora Lou Robinson prints, “Night for the Museum” DVDs and local history books.
“We ship too,” Brown said. “The fourth and newest cookbook is in the works. These books are a great gift and filled with local history. The newest book is dedicated to stores and restaurants of the past in Minden.”
Hours of operation for the museum are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Doors are closed from 1 until 2 p.m. for lunch.
Saturday hours are 10 a.m. until noon. Special tours can be arranged by calling 377-3002.
Find the museum on Facebook and visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com to read more about Webster Parish history and sign up for the museum email blast about current happenings.