Minden Press-Herald File Photo Members of the community participated in the 2017 Dorcheat Historical Association Museum Gala and Auction. This year’s gala will celebrate 10 years of the museum.

Special to the Minden Press-Herald

In 2007 the idea of a museum was still a dream. After 30 years of stops and starts, the Dorcheat Historical Association was ready to make a big step.

In 2007 Schelley Brown Francis was hired to be the museum director, with the job to raise awareness of why it was so important that Webster Parish have a first-class museum. For over a year Francis worked from her home on a computer she had won at the St. Jude auction.

First on her agenda was to show the important history of the


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