News and Press
Check out a variety of news items on the park and our work. Click the links below to enjoy recent articles and some that contribute to our history.
Thank you to our wonderful supporters who doubled their gifts! We exceeded our match challenge and raised an extra $20,000 from a generous donor!
You Can Still Help us Reach our Goal for a Legacy Film & Every Kid in a Park!
We are very close to funding these wonderful projects for 2017:
- Our documentary film-in-process that captures the extraordinary legacy of Ranger Betty Reid Soskin.
- Our work to bring more than 1,200 fourth graders to learn history and park stewardship at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
At a deeply moving event held on October 9, 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was honored as someone whose “artistic vision, moral force and intellectual clarity gives voice to the people of California, their needs and desires, sufferings, struggles and triumphs.”
Soskin is a political activist raised in Oakland and Berkeley, and currently America’s oldest park ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, Calif. Her participation and activism in the creation of the park itself was instrumental in the ways Rosie the Riveter incorporates and memorializes the African-American history of Richmond and the greater Bay Area region.
She shook hands with President Obama, received Congressional honors and made national headlines after fending off a violent burglar in her Richmond home.
Richmond appears to have brought home the Guinness World Record for gathering of girls and women dressed as Rosie the Riveter, having assembled a reported 2,265 Rosies at the Craneway Pavilion on Saturday.
RICHMOND -- There's a World Guinness Record for many things: Heaviest item lifted with glue (16 tons); most apples bobbed in one minute by a group of six (361); highest numbers of fingers and toes (28).
On Saturday, Richmond again became the home of a world record -- the highest number of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to gather in one place.
They came from near and far—real Rosies, Rosie emulators, canine Rosies, baby Rosies and even male Rosies.
First it was 776 Rosies gathered in May of 2015 at the Willow Run Bomber factory in Ypsilanti, MI, then in August of 2015 1,085 Rosies claimed the record at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond.