According to Dorcheat Museum staff Schelley Francis and Jessica Gorman, “We are just now finalizing our numbers for the September 12, 2022 Fundraiser. Even a week later we still have money coming in. This is a GREAT problem to have for us. Right now we estimate over $20,000 raised for our Webster Parish museum.”
The museum celebrates 15 years this year….Francis stated, “We have so much to be proud of with our museum. With Covid hitting museums hard in the state of Louisiana our museum was no exception. It has been a struggle to keep our doors open during these trying times…but we did and that was no small accomplishment. Our first gathering in two years, the Tie One On Fundraiser brought in a huge crowd of nearly 150 or so patrons of our local history. It was great to all be together again if only for an hour or so.”
The event was centered on the vintage Apron Exhibit that was in place for several months. This temporary exhibit was such a fun thing to see and put together. A great full-color cookbook was produced from the handwritten recipes and stories from the Apron submitters. The purchase of this special “Tie One On” cookbook is just another way to help support the museum.
The normal silent auction was replaced with a live cake auction conducted by the museum’s own auctioneer Dr. Richard Campbell and assisted by Tracy Campbell and Danny Francis. Museum staff said, “Those attending helped to get to this goal by donating 40 cakes and pies that were auctioned off.”
Outgoing museum president Mrs. Lou Baird Snook was presented an award for her eight years of service (2014-2022) by incoming president Mr. Mike Harper.
The museum is looking forward to a great year with wonderful exhibits and programs already on the books for October and November of this year as well as some exciting plans in the works for 2023. Be sure to follow on the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum Facebook Group and Page to find out what’s happening.