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national-park-service-logo Supporting the Rosie the Riveter WWII / Home Front National Historical Park — Richmond, CA

Visitor Education Center

All tours and programs take place at the Park's Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. 

Visitor Center is open daily, 10:00am to 5:00pm at 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA.

We suggest you check the National Park Service website prior to your visit to be sure that there aren't any last minute program changes.

For more information about the Visitor Center, please go to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front Park website.

 

Mondays

No Monday Events December 2016

Tuesdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (First Come – First Served Seating*)

12/13, 12/20, 12/27  at 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman during WWII.

*Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk. Those without a number cannot be admitted due to re code regulations.

Wednesdays

Days of National Crisis

12/7   Time: 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM,2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Location: Visitor Education Center 

Ranger Brad Bunnin, a student of Twentieth Century history and culture, will discuss crucial events of our last hundred years.

 

Richmond Bus Tour with a Park Ranger (Reservations Required)*

12/14  Time: 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

Hop aboard with a park ranger for an overview of the park sites located throughout the City of Richmond. A short tour of the Maritime Child Development Center is included.

* Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0 for start time and location.

 

What We Wore During the War

12/14 Time: 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

The war changed everything including fashions which changed to meet new needs: leather, wool, and nylon were needed by our fighting forces, so we made do on the Home Front.

 

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

12/21 Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

Wartime was deadly serious for grown-ups, but for kids, it was a time for adventure. Let’s explore how children had fun during the war years: costumes, riding toys, board games, ships and planes and trains, the comics, and more!

 

Celebrations During the War Years


12/28 Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

How did Americans celebrate the winter holidays in the Kaiser shipyards, overseas, and across the country, during the extreme circumstances of WWII? Come and reminisce about wartime holidays of the past.

Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (First Come – First Served Seating*)

12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29   at 11:00 AM (1 hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman during WWII.

*Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk. Those without a number cannot be admitted due to re code regulations.

 

"Blossoms and Thorns"

12/8, 12/15  at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

A docent from the Japanese American Citizens' League screens the documentary film “Blossoms and Thorns”, about Richmond's pre- and post-war community of flowers and nursery garden owners, and shares from their experiences in a WWII internment camp.

Fridays

Rationing on the Home Front

12/9  From 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Location: Visitor Education Center

Fees: Free

During WWII, Americans were asked to sacrifice in support of the troops, and this was evident daily at the dinner table. Listen to stories about the Federal Government’s rationing program and how it affected families on the Home Front.

 

Rosie Meet and Greet!

12/16, 12/23, 12/30 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Most Fridays, a group of civilian WWII docents share their stories in an informal setting at the Visitor Center. Here is your chance ask the experts- real Rosies from the Kaiser shipyards- about life and work on the WWII American Home Front!

Saturdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (First Come - First Served Seating*)

12/10, 12/17 at 2:00 PM (1 hour); 11/26 at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman during WWII. 

*Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk. Those without a number cannot be admitted due to fire code regulations.

 

The Holidays Sparkled on Julia Street

12/10   Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

Join local storytellers as they share the experiences of Sara Jameson, African American welder at the Richmond Shipyards during WWII and South Berkeley home owner.

Sundays

100 Years of Service!

12/11   From 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
Location: Visitor Education Center
Fees: Free

The National Park Service is celebrating our Centennial! Join us to commemorate this occasion by discussing America’s best idea, and discover all the NPS has to offer through the Find Your Park campaign.

 

Junior Ranger Fun!

12/18 at 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

Kids of all ages, we want your opinion! Help a ranger test brand-new junior ranger ideas and activities, and earn a junior ranger badge.

 

 

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