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RORI Visitor Education Center

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1414 Harbour Way South, Suite #3000 (Oil House) Richmond, CA 94804

Open daily: 10am-5pm | (510) 232-5050 x0
(Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day)

  • Visit the RORI website for up-to-date event and tour schedules: https://www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/calendar.htm
  • Call the Visitor Center to confirm for special programs: (510) 232-5050 x0
  • For all Betty Reid Soskin programs: Tickets are available 1-hour before the start time, visitors must be present.Those without tickets will not be admitted per fire code regulations.

Mondays

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath
9/18, 10/23  @ 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

What kind of questions were sailors and civilians asking after ten million pounds of explosives blew up in Concord in 1944?

Tuesdays

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

8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond 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.

Wednesdays

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

10/25  @ 10:30 AM (2 Hours)
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. Bus leaves from the Visitor Education Center.  * Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0 

 

The Cartoon War from Disney to Dr. Seuss

9/6, 9/20 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Boosting moral during WWII took many forms including comic books, editorial cartoons and movie cartoons. Experience some of the favorites enjoyed by kids, GIs and workers on the Home Front.

 

Propaganda Films of WWII

9/13 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Watch WWII film clips and learn how the media shaped American attitudes and behavior during the war. 

Thursdays

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

 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19        

Time: 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. 

 

"Blossoms and Thorns"

 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19  

Time: 2:00 PM (1 Hour)

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

9/15, 10/13   Time: 12:30 PM (30 minutes)

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!

 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/20, 10/27     
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 hours)

& 1:00 - 2:00 PM (1 hour)

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!

 

Warbling through the War Years

10/20 @ 12:00 PM (1 hour)

Dancing the Jitterbug, laughing to silly tunes - and mending broken hearts: music during WWII helped us get through fearful times. We'll see and hear how we listened through samples from radio, records and the movies. 

 

Propaganda Films of WWII

9/1 @ 12:00 PM (1 hour)

Watch WWII film clips and learn how the media shaped American attitudes and behavior during the war. 

Saturdays

"Babes in Arms" - Trina Robbins, Author Meet-and-Greet

9/23 @ 11:00 AM (1.5 hours)

Renowned pop-culture historian,Trina Robbins, has assembled comic book stores by artist Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lilly Renee, and Fran Hopper together with insightful commentary and loads of documentary extras to create the definitive book chronicling the work of these important Golden Age artists. During the Golden Age of comics, publishers offered titles supporting the war effort - presenting fighting men and their feminine counterparts - babes in arms! Comic books during this period featured US service-women fighting all of the Axis bad-guys and gave several of the most noteworthy women artists of the era opportunities to create action-packed, adventure-filled, four-color stories. SPACE IS LIMITED - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - CALL 510-232-5050x0 TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT

 

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

8/25, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28

Time: 2:00 PM (1 Hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII.  *Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk. 

 

Henry J. Kaiser: “Build Em' by the Mile and Cut Em' off by the Yard”

8/26, 9/30, 10/28 Time: 3:30 PM (60 minutes)

Join author Steve Gilford for a 45 minute presentation about the extraordinary life of ship builder Henry J. Kaiser, an industrialist who was a loyal friend to (organized) labor.

 

The Golden Shore with author David Helvarg

10/28 @ 11:00 AM (1.5 hours)

David Helvarg, founder and executive director of Blue Frontier, discusses the new paperback version of his nonfiction book, The Golden Shore, which tells the tale of the history, culture and changing nature of California's costs and ocean. In this program, David will explore the state's 1,100 mile coastline with a focus on Richmond's WWII history, and discover the spirit of the California coast. 

Sundays

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – a closer look

10/1    Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour - Rain Cancels)
Location: Marina Bay Park
Fees: Free

Drop by Marina Bay Park (Melville Square) to visit the Rosie the Riveter Memorial—a very thoughtful public art sculpture of a World War II cargo ship under construction along a 450-foot timeline. A docent will be available to answer questions and introduce the memorial.

Bay Trail Walk

9/24 @ 1:00 PM (1 hour)

Take a leisurly one-hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore home front history with a park ranger. (Rain Cancels)

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