Minden Main Street has long been the center of activity in Minden, beginning with the first business opened by Minden’s founder, Charles Veeder. Since its establishment in 1835, Main Street has seen many changes, but remains today the heart and soul of Minden. The Minden Main Street program began in 1987 with a mission to preserve, our history by promoting economic revitalization and rehabilitation of our historic buildings. Minden Main Street is recognized as a Louisiana Main Street Community, a Louisiana Cultural Products District and a site on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Movies Love Minden!
The charm and hometown appeal of Minden is just one reason that Minden has been chosen as the sight for over a dozen movies. Sandra Bullock, Martin Lawrence, Jessica Simpson, Ice Cube and Willie Nelson are just a few of the stars who have walked on Main Street Minden! Click on this story to learn more!
Movies in Minden
Home Town Show
City Art Works
701 Main Street
Art Lessons - City Art Works
Stained Glass Class - Steve Wilson
Jewelry Making - McKenzie Leopold
Guitar & Piano Lessons - Cynthia Sandidge
Drawing Lessons - Jeanne Mason
Face Painting Classes - Ejay Colvin
Children's Art - Anita Goodson
Art Lessons - Sherry Collins
Historic Downtown Business District
Drive into Minden’s Historic Downtown Business District and immediately you’ll step back in time to the delightfully preserved Minden Main Street, paved with bricks laid in 1917. The historic downtown structures, many of them dating to the turn of the century, house shops that range from artistic to utilitarian. Visitors can break from shopping to browse at our many antique, art and specialty shops, enjoy one of our several downtown food venues, or stop into our parish museum. Downtown remains today the hub of city and parish government and the center of the banking and medical communities for Minden.
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Minden Art & History Cultural District
The Art & History Cultural District encompasses a portion of the Minden Historic Residential District, Downtown Historical Business District and the Old East Union Highway 80 Corridor in Minden. All original art sold within the district boundaries is exempt from sales tax. Businesses and homes in the district receive state historic preservation and rehabilitation tax credits. In downtown Minden you can see larger- than-life “Art in the Alley,” reproductions of original works of local artists. Beautiful parks and historic homes, state-of-the-art Dorcheat Historical Museum and “The Farm,” a Cultural, Art, & Music Center, are also worth a visit. You’ll see why Minden has been a location for more than a dozen movies. When Christmas time arrives, you won't find a more festive place with thousands of lights adorning the city streets, parks and historic districts. Visit Minden and enjoy parades, tours, shopping and our culture!
City Art Works located in the heart of downtown at 701 Main Street is the hub of cultural recreation for the city of Minden. The facility includes an art gallery, artist's studios and space for art lessons ranging from stained glass to jewelry making, line dancing to drawing. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 12 til 6 and Saturday from 11am until 3pm.
Click here to learn more about the History of Minden.
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Main Street Board of Directors
The Main Street Board of Directors work to improve downtown’s economic base, strengthen public participation and make downtown a fun place to visit. This is done through: organization to build relationships among the stakeholders of downtown; economic restructuring to help existing business expand and recruit new business, promotion of the downtown’s unique characteristics and design to improve the downtown’s image by enhancing its physical appearance.
The Downtown Development Commission (Minden Main Street Board of Directors) usually meets the second Monday of each month at posted locations. The meetings are open to the public.
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City Art Works "Minden Originals Art Show"
February 18th - March 30th 701 Main Street
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Minden Mardi Gras Fasching Festival & Parade
Click here for Fasching 2011 Pictures
December 2010 - LSU Architecture Students
Show Vision for Downtown Minden
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LSU Minden Project Blogspot
For more information, contact:
City Of Minden
520 Broadway, Minden, LA 71055
P.O. Box 580, Minden, LA 71058-0580