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Welcome To The Minden, Louisiana's Dorcheat Museum Blog

Thank you for visiting the Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum Blog. The Dorcheat Historical Museum is the only museum inside the city limits of Minden, Louisiana. The museum opened June 10th, 2008. Admission Free with donations welcomed. Our hours are, Tuesday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., closed for lunch from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., open again from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday we are closed but open by appointment for special showings and meetings. We would like to invite you to visit our location at 116 Pearl Street in Minden, Louisiana. We look forward to sharing our history with you. For more information please contact museum director Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or 318-423-0192.

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In return for your support, you will receive not only a tax deduction, but also, invitations to all museum activities. Please give every consideration to helping with this endeavor. Be a part of Webster Parish history by becoming a proud supporter of the Webster Parish Dorcheat Historical Association and Museum.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Remembering The Shell Plant May 13th, 2013 "Night At The Museum"

Remembering the Shell Plant at the next “Night at the Museum”


Don't Miss An Evening Of Area History
The Dorcheat Historical Association Museum will hold its 4th and last event before the summer break, Monday May 13th, 2013.  Colonel Carl Thompson; Camp Minden Facility Manager and Deputy Installation Commander will present a panel of guest speakers for the evening.  These speakers will be telling the history of the Louisiana Ordnance Plant. 

Many on the panel were longtime employees from many eras of the plant. Steve Shows will serve as the Night at the Museum presenter, commentator and panel moderator: Steve Shows was the LAAAP General Manager for many years.  Al Smith: LAAAP US Government representative (security), Virginia (Jenny) Fox: RN and LAAAP Hospital representative, Bobby Thompson: LAAAP Personnel Services representative, Patsy Garcin: LAAAP Human Resources (Personnel) representative, Fred Berry: LAAAP Production representative, Patsy Roach: LAAAP US Government representative (logistics – property and procurement) and Doyle Williams: LAAAP US Government representative (environmental and safety) are scheduled to attend. 

“Construction of the Louisiana Ordnance Plant (later re-named the Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant or LAAAP) was initiated in May 1941 for the purpose of providing munitions to the US Armed Forces during WWII. Since May 1941 the LAAAP has produce munitions to support both the Korea War and Vietnam War and, in the process, employed thousands of workers from the Ark-LA-Tex. Today, the LAAAP (now known as Camp Minden) continues to serve the United States by providing commercial re-use of the existing facilities for commercial operations and for military training.”

Don't miss your chance to hear about some of Minden's early history. The museum events will be held in the Media/Learning room at the Dorcheat Historical Association Museum, 116 Pearl Street, Minden, La. Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with first-come, first-serve seating. Program begins at 6:00 p.m., admission is free with potluck desserts and snacks welcome.

For more information contact Schelley Brown Francis at 318-377-3002 or visit to sign up for the museum email blast. You can also find the museum on Facebook. To learn more about Webster Parish's rich history visit the
Dorcheat Historical Association Museum located at 116 Pearl Street in Minden. Museum hours; closed on Monday, Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed from 1-2 for lunch), Saturday 10 a.m. - noon. The museum admission is free. Also open for special tours and rental by appointment.