New signs, ads push museum
Dorcheat Historical Museum is boasting about some new advertising around town.
"You will notice new signs on the front of the museum at 116 Pearl Street, billboards in several places and a year long cable T.V. campaign, plus directional signage at the corner of Pearl Street," said museum director Schelley Francies. "All these methods are just a few of the new ways of letting people know that Webster Parish has a great museum for history buffs young and old.
"We are so grateful to the Minden Press-Herald for covering what we do at the museum," she continued. "The online website for the newspaper can be accessed by everyone near and far. These types of tools and social media have helped us so much in the last few years. It gets the word out about what we are doing almost as soon as we do it. We want everyone to know where we are and that we are free to the public. We have a wonderful small museum, we like to think we are the best little museum around."
In an effort to keep up with technology, the museum has created a QR Code that can be scanned from a sign on the front door with a cell phone.
"The code then takes you to our website or wherever we direct it," Francis said. "We may incorporate these codes later into our exhibits and a map of Minden's historic sites."
Francis said the idea is to make the Webster Parish museum interesting to all ages by using all different types of methods.
"We already use videos and sound effects throughout the museum that tell our history or make an exhibit more life-like. I feel that we are a stop, look and listen museum already," she said. "I encourage everyone to come by and see what we have to offer."
The museum is always a work in progress; Dorcheat Museum is currently working on some new and exciting exhibits.
Museum exhibit designer Larry Milford's recent trip to Baton Rouge inspired many new ideas for the museum that will be coming to fruition soon.
"Milford's work is always impressive, and his new ideas will be a wonderful addition," Brown said.
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch) and Saturday from 10 – Noon.
The museum is also open by appointment for special tours after hours. The Media/Learning Center room is available for rent and currently is showcasing the Louisiana Bicentennial exhibit until the end of June. As an added plus all children will receive a free history gift when they visit.
Follow the happenings at the museum on Facebook and the museum web site www.museuminminden.blogspot.com.
Francis encourages everyone to visit the museum website and sign up to receive email blast for the important events that may take place during the year.
For more information about the museum, call Francis at 377-3002.