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Give The Gift Of History

​Help ​Us Preserve Webster Parish History

The Dorcheat Museum is a 501c3 organization so every dollar you give is tax deductible.  Our mission to save our history depends on you!   We now offer donations through Paypal or you can always mail your tax deductible donations to us. 

Dorcheat Museum

P.O. Box 1094 

Minden, LA 71058

local history in the form of books...

Cookbooks & History Books  We've Got You Covered

We have many titles dealing with our local Webster Parish History and Cemeteries that are not available for purchase anywhere else.  These are filled with a wealth of local history and perfect for anyone doing research or looking for a good read or recipe.  Our cookbooks are favorites among locals.  All of these books are great gifts for any history lover.   Be sure to add to your online shopping cart today or stop by and add to your collection while you visit the museum.  We also ship! 

hear history from some of our local citizens...

Night At The Museum DVDs Series 

Over 60 different talks and presentations  have taken place since 2007. 

These events were recorded to a DVD format to be enjoyed at home or computer.  Featuring many of the members of some of our pioneer families.  A history lesson in each one.  These DVDs are a perfect gift for anyone that loves our Webster Parish history.  Stop by and add to your collection.  They are free with a donation!  A great way to support the museum while learning history. 

Minden & Webster Parish History Books

    we offer some great art work by our very own  Cora Lou Brown Robinson...

    Prints & Note Cards

    We have several prints from Folk Artist Coral Lou Robinson 

    Known to most simply as “Cora Lou", this Minden native and resident is recognized for not only her talents as a professional folk artist but also as a teacher, wife, mother, grandmother and true product of a deep -rooted Minden family. Born in 1935 to Ed and Celeste Brown, Cora Lou has two siblings--one brother, Ed Brown and one sister, Mary Celeste Powers. Cora Lou is married to Ronald Robinson. They have three children and seven grandchildren.

    Her childhood was what she calls “picture perfect.". She played from morning ’til night with the neighborhood children. Their lives followed a pattern. During the week they went to school, and each Saturday morning they listened to “Let’s Pretend” on the radio and that afternoon would walk to the “picture show” and then walk safely home. Each Sunday they went to Sunday school and then to church. She remembers the thrill of chasing lightning bugs at dusk while all the neighborhood parents sat outside and visited on their front porch. It was a simpler time in Minden, Louisiana, and for many of the people that grew up here.

    Her teenage years were wonderful in part due to the generosity of the Hunter family. The Hunter family has owned the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Minden since 1901. Back in the 1940s the Hunters became the recreation hub for all of Minden and the surrounding area. Everyone swam in their pool, played in their playground, danced in their playhouse, and watched countless ballgames in their park. No other town has ever seen the likes of the Hunter family in Cora Lou’s eyes. The 1940s, 50s and early 60s were a special time in Minden, Louisiana because of the generosity of Gladys and Larry Hunter. Cora Lou’s love of the special times and memories of the 1950s and Hunter’s Playhouse is depicted in one of her first paintings of a dance at the Playhouse.

    Cora Lou Brown Robinson says her paintings are about “God and Country, Family, and Friends.” Many of her ideas for her paintings come from her childhood and all come from her heart. Her paintings have been featured all across the United States and no one appreciates her more than her hometown and what she does for them by creating their memories on canvas.

    The following is taken from the “Memories of Hunter’s” book

    Memories are precious, yet hard to express

    A golden moment, suspended in a capsule waiting to come again---but never will

    A safe haven in the storm of today

    A part of time so dear and so wondrous--one would have to have lived it to fully understand it

    A slice of life we wanted our children to experience--but they did not

    A time almost pure if compared to today’s lifestyles

    Something we can almost hold in our hands, yet not grasp

    A man and a woman so totally dedicated to young people that they made them their life

    Our own youth and innocence ---only a yesterday away

    ------Cora Lou Robinson

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