Brown and Treat families to headline Night at the Museum

The 55th Night at the Museum will be Monday, Oct. 12, at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum.

Museum doors open at 5:30 p.m. with first-come, first-serve seating. The program begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.

Headlining the event will be several long-time Minden residents Louise Baird Snook, Lucy Dickinson Adkins and Margaret Baird Evans. The program will focus on the Brown and Treat families and their impact on Minden.

William Joseph Brown, the great-grandfather of the speakers for the evening, moved to Minden in 1902 from Arkansas with two of his children, Hubert and Helen. Helen would become the grandmother of these three women who will tell their family story. W.J. Brown ran Hicks Co. Wholesalers and purchased the home on Oak Street, near Academy Park.

Today, that house is being restored by the sixth generation of family members.

Frank Burnett Treat moved to Louisiana after serving in World War I and finishing college around 1920. He was a chemical engineer working for Ohio Oil Company.

He met and married W.J. Brown’s daughter, Helen, in January 1923. They had three children. Four of their grandchildren still live or have returned to Minden to live.

The Treat name has been associated with many types of businesses for many years in Minden. The Brown/Treat families have certainly left an important mark on Webster Parish.

Don’t miss the chance to hear about the rich history of our area. The museum event will be in the media/learning room at the museum, located at 116 Pearl Street, Minden.

For more information, contact Schelley Brown Francis at 377-3002 or visit www.museuminminden.blogspot.com to sign up for the museum email blast. The museum can also be found on Facebook.

To learn more about the parish’s rich history, visit the museum; museum hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., closed Mondays and Saturdays. The museum will be closed from one to two hours for lunch.

Admission is free, and the museum can be opened for special tours and rented by appointment.

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