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Kaiser Shipyard Watercolor by Werner Philipp. Courtesy of Scott Tandy

NPS hosts the opening of the new temporary exhibit: The Art of Shipbuilding; Kaiser-Richmond Shipyard Employees Werner Philipp and Lillian Tandy

On Saturday, November 18th join us at 11:00 AM at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center for the unveiling of the new temporary exhibit, The Art of Shipbuilding; Kaiser-Richmond Shipyard Employees Werner Philipp and Lillian Tandy. The program will begin with a brief overview of the exhibit.

The exhibit features reproductions of watercolors painted by German-born San Francisco Artist, Werner Philipp. Philipp worked in the Progress Department in Richmond Shipyard Three illustrating reports to document worker and shipbuilding efforts. There he met and befriended shipyard secretary Lillian Tandy. The two families remained close after the war and the Tandy’s supported Werner’s illustrious art career.

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center on Saturday, November 4th at 11:00am,Tina Williams, local author and human resources executive in the high tech industry, will read excerpts and discuss the research she did for her three fictional books inspired by her mother who moved with a young family from Chicago to take a job as a welder in the Richmond Shipyards during the war. In this presentation, Williams will highlight the last book in the series, “Perfect Pitch” which focuses on a local shop owner, Mr. Gregory, who from his Sacramento Street shop, witnesses the aftermath of WWII and the economic downturn which also brought new opportunities and sweeping social changes.

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“The Golden Shore: California’s Love Affair with the Sea”

Please join us at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center on Saturday, October 28th at 11:00am for a discussion and book signing with author David Helvarg, Founder and Executive Director of Blue Frontier and cofounder of the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards, to discuss his latest non-fiction book, The Golden Shore: California's Love Affair with the Sea.

From the first human settlements to the latest marine explorations, The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean. Explore the state’s 1,100 mile coast line with a focus on Richmond’s WWII history, and discover the spirit of the California coast, from the Oregon border to the San Diego-Tijuana international border fence and out into its whale-, seal-, and shark-rich offshore seamounts, rock isles, and kelp forests. Part history, part travelogue, part love letter, The Golden Shore captures the spirit of the California coast and its place in American culture.

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“The Best Medicine: Classic WWII Comedies”

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, in cooperation with our community partner, the SS Red Oak Victory, is pleased to present our fall film series which will highlight some of Hollywood’s classic comedies with a WWII theme. 10/19/17, 11/16/17 & 12/21/17

The American historian Stephen Ambrose called World War II “history’s greatest catastrophe.” Yet even in the face of this greatest of tragedies, we take solace in the wise words of King Solomon, “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine,” or, as we say today, “laughter is the best medicine.” This film series will feature the following films:

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“Babes in Arms:
Women in the Comics during the Second World War”

Please join us at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center on Saturday, September 23rd at 11:00am for a discussion and book signing with author and pop-culture historian, Trina Robbins, as she debuts her new book entitled, “Babes In Arms: Women in the Comics during the Second World War.”

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National Park Service Rangers are hosting a PARK(ing) Day event on September 15th. The event will be in front of Rich City Rides at 1500 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801 from 10:00am – 3:30pm.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event designed to get communities talking about parks and recreation, and re-thinking what makes a park. “It’s a great opportunity for us to bring a small representation of the parks to the people in urban areas and highlight some of our lesser known parks and programs throughout the East Bay and San Francisco Bay Area” said Sue Fritzke, Deputy Superintendent. “You don’t have to go to Yosemite to experience a National Park and to interact with Park Rangers; we’re a lot closer and more accessible than people think”.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Rosie the Riveters

 

About 1,600 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter attempted to break their own Guinness World Record during the 3rd annual Rosie Rally in Richmond , Calif., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. Last year Richmond set the record with 2,229 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter since World War II. Richmond still holds the Guinness World Record and they plan on trying to break it next year.

Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

A sea of red blanketed the bayside stretch of Richmond that’s home to the museum commemorating the life of Rosie the Riveter, the iconic yet fictional female factory worker who redefined the role of her many peers in World War II.

Rosie and the barrier-breaking life she represents has taken on a newfound significance of late, said a number of people taking in an annual event held in her memory at the National Homefront Historical Park.

 

 

Hundreds of red and white polka-dot bandanas decorated the Richmond skyline outside the Rosie the Riveter museum on Saturday morning, their wearers paying homage to the iconic but fictional World War II-era factory worker who drilled her way into history as a lasting symbol of female empowerment.
Organizers estimate that 1,500 women, men and children braved the cutting waterfront chill for the annual event, which is at once a nod to the cartoon woman's legacy and that of her real-life peers. The "Rosies," as they are collectively known, challenged stereotypical notions of "men's work" when they stepped into roles at shipyards and factories, keeping assembly lines running while men fought overseas.

Photo: NPS

If you live in or near Richmond, CA and don’t have plans for Saturday, we’ve got just the perfect thing for you. Grab your family and friends and head to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park to take part in defending (or possibly breaking) the Guinness World record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter.” The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park holds the current record, which stands at 2,229 Rosies.

The “Rosie Rally” is part of the 3rd annual Home Front Festival, which will feature historical displays, kids’ activities, food and live entertainment.

“We’re rallying to show how women made a difference during one of the greatest challenges in our nation’s history,” said Marsha Mather-Thrift, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “We want to remind the world that women across the nation and here in Richmond took on work that had been mostly the exclusive realm for men until women were needed to support the war effort. Then, women rallied and rose to the occasion and that’s what we want them to do with us again.”

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Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276