Rosie The Riveter Trust
As the U.S. faced a new and daunting challenge of a global war in the 1940s, people on the home front came together as never before. The stories of their struggles, which broke barriers and shaped many of today’s best social innovations, chart a path for new vision today.
Rosie the Riveter is a reminder to all of us to try new things, test our limits, and believe in ourselves and others. These tales of dedication and courage can inspire us!
An unusual urban national park, the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is located on the waterfront in Richmond, CA. It is the flagship national park for telling stories of the home front efforts across the United States. Park sites you can visit include the Oil House Visitor Center, the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, the historic Ford Assembly plant, Maritime Childcare Center, and more. Visit us and learn!
Ranger Betty Soskin safe, recovering well.
Please consider contributing to Betty's fund.
On the night of Monday, June 27, an intruder attacked NPS Ranger Betty Soskin in her home in Richmond and stole many of her possessions. We are all deeply saddened by these events, but relieved to report that she is recovering well and resting.
Please consider making a contribution to Betty's Fund, and directing others who want to help to https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/rangerbettysoskin. All funds raised beyond immediate needs will be used, as Betty has asked, to complete a film in progress that contains vital documentary information about Betty's life and impact. You can view the first clips from this important project below. This is the legacy that she wants to continue passing on to younger generations, and a remarkable testimonial to her strength of spirit.
Checks can be mailed to Rosie the Riveter Trust, PO Box 71126, Richmond CA 94807 and should be ear-marked Betty Fund.
Cards for Betty should be mailed to the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center. Please respect that Betty has asked supporters not to send flowers. Send cards to:
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center
Attn: Betty Reid Soskin
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 (Oil House)
Richmond, CA 94804
Launching Every Kid in a Park at Rosie!
Over eighty fourth-graders from Peres Elementary joined us at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park on Wednesday, March 23 to launch Richmond’s Every Kid in a Park initiative! These awesome students enjoyed a special field trip to the Visitor Center and Memorial, took a healthy walk along the San Francisco Bay Trail, and brought home a free Park pass admitting them- and their families- to any National Park site this year.
With Every Kid in a Park, The Trust and the Park are partnering with UC Berkeley, Groundwork Richmond, and West Contra Costa Unified School District to cover transportation and other costs so that every Richmond fourth-grade student can take a special field trip to the Park in 2016.
Park Ranger Betty Soskin Introduces President Obama at National Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin lit up the stage at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C., where she was invited to introduce President Obama on December 3rd, 2015. Ranger Soskin has inspired visitors to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park and fans across the U.S. for years, sharing memories from her years as a young African-American woman working the Richmond shipyards during WWII.
Bay Area residents can catch the full ceremony on KQED at 7 PM PST on both Tuesday, December 15th and Sunday, December 20th. Visit the official site to see viewing times across the country throughout the month of December. The Trust congratulates Ranger Soskin for this wonderful recognition from the National Park Service!
Thank You to Our Rosie's Girls Sponsors!
Friends, family and fans from the Richmond community were all smiles at the graduation ceremony for 2015's Rosie's Girls. The program is designed to build character, resilience, team work, and real-world job skills for girls in "non-traditional" trades. Graduates embodied the spirit of Rosie the Riveter as they explored carpentry, welding, painting, silk-screening and more! Camp culminated in a four day overnight outdoor skills training experience at Yosemite National Park.
Rosie Rally a SMASH SUCCESS!
Yes.... WE DID IT!
On Saturday, August 15, over 1,000 friends of the Park dressed as Rosie the Riveter showed up to commemorate the legacy of the home front and break a Guinness World Record! One day after the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, Rosies of all ages, many backgrounds and a few different home states flocked to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in coveralls, work boots and spotted bandannas.