Dear Ancestor

Your tombstone stands among the rest,
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chisled out
on polished marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care.

It is too late to morn.
You did not know that I exist.
You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh,

in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts and beats
a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear ancestor, the place you filled

one hundred years ago.
Speads out among the ones you left
who would have loved you so.
I wonder if you lived and loved.

I wonder if you knew.
That someday I would find this spot,
and come to visit you.
AUTHOR UNKNOWN

Support The Minden Cemetery Association

Many of you may not realize how expensive the upkeep of a cemetery is. We ask that you support our efforts to keep this historic cemetery and final resting place of so many of Minden’s finest citizen’s in good shape for future generations. We spend quite a lot of money just in mowing our 30 plus acres. This job is quite labor intensive and requires several people to keep the lawn and weeds in check. There are so many other projects that we would love to tackle but we do not have the funds to begin the work. For one we would like to build a grave locator kiosk. With GPS ability now the graves would have GPS coordinates to go along with the names and sections. We would also like to install gates and an iron fence along the old side of the cemetery along Bayou Avenue to stop vandalism. This is a very expensive project that again is on hold due to lack of funding. A marker repair project is also on hold. If you have family members buried at the Minden Cemetery we would hope that you will support our efforts. Mail your check to:
Minden Cemetery Association
1000 Broadway

Minden, Louisiana 71055


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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

2009 Breaks Ghost Walk Records!

Ghost Walk 2009
The 6th annual Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk had a record crowd in attendance.
Saturday November 14th was a great day for history buffs from across the country. “Ghost Walk” organizer Schelley Brown stated, “At 11:30, I knew we were going to have record crowds. We already had folks lined up at the gates waiting for the first tour! We probably had 100 people in the first hour. For several weeks prior to the event, I had received calls from California to Texas from the many people that were planning their trips. This event generated quite a lot of money for the parish with overnight lodging, food and gas. We had one family the “Fuller-White family that planned a family reunion just for this event. They had nearly 40 family members travel to Minden to visit the cemetery and to see Janice Mourad portray their ancestor Alma Bright Fuller. This one family alone brought in visitors from California, Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, and Virginia. We had many more guests this year than ever before from out of town and many that had never attended a Ghost Walk in the past. I think this was the best one yet. Of course we had some superb actors and actresses again this year. I had quite a few people that commented on the performance of the legendary Judge Harmon Drew and his wonderful wife Mrs. Jean Drew. Their portrayal of Richard Cleveland Drew and Katie Caldwell Drew was an added treat for everyone! All the people that come together to make Ghost Walk a success need to be thanked, because I can’t do it without all of them; John Agan for his extensive knowledge of our parish history, all the actors and actresses, the Son’s Of Confederate Veterans T.M. Scott Camp # 1604, the many volunteers that come to help me the day of the event, Mr. Larry Tims, the Minden Press Herald, The Minute Magazine and of course the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau for their help and advertising grant money. I am looking forward to a bigger and better event next year.”
The tours went off without a hitch, with the help of a group of AmeriCorps volunteers that led the groups from stop to stop. The event seemed to be a big hit with everyone that attended. The added extra golf carts donated by Fairway Carts and Mr. Larry Tims were a big hit with those that were not able to walk the one hour tour. DVD’s are available at the Dorcheat Museum located at 116 Pearl Street for $10 if you missed this years tour. For more information on the Minden Cemetery go to www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com or call Schelley Brown at 423-0192.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Don't Miss The 2009 Ghost Walk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday November 14th, 2009
The Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk “Living History Lesson”
Website: www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com
Price: $10 adults / $4 children under 12 Location: Old Minden Cemetery off Pine St. on Bayou Avenue in Minden, La.Contact #: Schelley Brown (318) 423-0192 CellTime: Noon – last tour starts at 3 p.m.Email: iluvoldcars@yahoo.comThe 6th Annual 2009 Minden Cemetery Ghost WalkDon’t miss the 6th annual Living History Lesson “Ghost Walk”

This year promises to be the biggest and best to date. The tour will begin at Noon with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. and lasting a little over an hour. (Event Held Rain Or Shine) The annual tour in its sixth year is expected to double the number of visitors that attended in 2008 from a vast area. Schelley Brown, tour organizer, said, “Last year at noon, people began to line up in anticipation of being the first to see these living history tours. The 2008 tour brought people to Minden from North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Arkansas and Nebraska to see their ancestors portrayed. This year the tour already has one family bringing in over 30 family members from as far away as California.” Brown estimated that the crowds have increased from year to year as well as the amount of money raised for the Cemetery Association, a non profit organization that was formed many years ago to help maintain the perpetual care of one of Minden’s oldest burial places.This year the tour will have many new Ghosts and all new history lessons from many new actors and actresses in period costume portraying Minden’s past leading citizens. You will definitely get a lot of entertainment and a lot of history in this year’s tour as you watch some of our new actors including Judge Harmon & Jean Drew and Lee Estabrook. Ghost Walk is as if you are stepping back in time as you listened to the stories being told. It’s an amazing sight to behold as your tour guide escorts you to each historical scene. Many of the tour sites this year will include historical props to go along with the history being told. A few of our actors are actual decedents of the people they are portraying. In a little over an hour, you can see Confederate soldiers along with early business leaders, teachers, doctors and politicians. This is a rare opportunity to learn about our past community leaders, citizens and history of our town. Ghost Walk teaches you how Minden’s women and men endured through great hardships and strived to overcome great obstacles to make our town what it is today.“We hope to have some extra treats for our visitors this year,” Brown stated. “With many new stops this year, it will be hard to pick your favorite.” Brown also stated that she could not do any of this without all the talented people and guides who volunteer their time and efforts to make this annual tour a huge success. The members of the Minden Cemetery board also want to thank the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum and the Minden Historic Residential Association for their support of this event. If you missed the tour last year, you don’t want to miss it this year. For more information on the Minden Cemetery located on Bayou Avenue and the annual tour, visit http://www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com/ or you can contact Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192 or iluvoldcars@yahoo.com .

Ghost Walk Line Up For 2009

1. Alberta Glass
2. Mattie Connell Fort
3. Mrs. Alma Bright Fuller
4. Clifton Henry Ardis
5. Richard Cleveland Drew and Katie Caldwell Drew
6. Lucy Hadley Rathbun
7. Confederate Trench
8. Ollie Turner Baugh

Friday, May 8, 2009

Date For 2009 Ghost Walk Set For Old Minden Cemetery









The date for the 2009 Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk will be Saturday November 14th, 2009.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Saturday November 14th, 2009
The Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk “Living History Lesson”
Website: http://www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com/
Price: $10 adults / $4 children under 12

Location: Old Minden Cemetery off Pine St. on Bayou Avenue in Minden, La.

Contact #: Schelley Brown (318) 423-0192 Cell

Time: Noon – last tour starts at 3 p.m.

Mailing address: Dorcheat Historical Association Museum P.O. Box 1094 Minden, La. 71058


The 6th Annual 2009 Minden Cemetery Ghost Walk
Don’t miss the 6th annual Living History Lesson “Ghost Walk”

This year promises to be the biggest and best to date. The tour will begin at Noon with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. and lasting a little over an hour. (Event Held Rain Or Shine) The annual tour in its sixth year is expected to double the number of visitors that attended in 2008 from a vast area. Schelley Brown, tour organizer, said, “Last year at noon, people began to line up in anticipation of being the first to see these living history tours.” The 2008 tour brought people to Minden from North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, Arkansas and Nebraska to see their ancestors portrayed. Brown estimated that the crowds have increased from year to year as well as the amount of money raised for the Cemetery Association, a non profit organization that was formed many years ago to help maintain the perpetual care of one of Minden’s oldest burial places.This year the tour will have many new Ghosts and all new history lessons from many new actors and actresses in period costume portraying Minden’s past leading citizens. You will definitely get a lot of entertainment and a lot of history in this year’s tour. It’s as if you are stepping back in time as you listened to the stories being told. It’s an amazing sight to behold as your tour guide escorts you to each historical scene. Many of the tour sites this year will include historical props to go along with the history being told. In a little over an hour, you can see Confederate soldiers along with early business leaders, teachers, doctors and politicians. This is a rare opportunity to learn about our past community leaders, citizens and history of our town. Ghost Walk teaches you how Minden’s women and men endured through great hardships and strived to overcome great obstacles to make our town what it is today.“We hope to have some extra treats for our visitors this year,” Brown stated. “With many new stops this year, it will be hard to pick your favorite.” Brown also stated that she could not do any of this without all the talented people and guides who volunteer their time and efforts to make this annual tour a huge success. The members of the Minden Cemetery board also want to thank the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum and the Minden Historic Residential Association for their support of this event. If you missed the tour last year, you don’t want to miss it this year. For more information on the Minden Cemetery located on Bayou Avenue and the annual tour, visit http://www.mindencemetery.blogspot.com/ or you can contact Schelley Brown at 318-423-0192 or iluvoldcars@yahoo.com .

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