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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 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

What We Wore During the War

5/2 at 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

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. We'll have a look at the clothing worn by working men and women, children, and even Hollywood stars!

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

5/9 at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

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!

Women, Get a War Job!

5/23 at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

Learn about the WWII media campaign that called women to “do their part.” Which women were addressed? Which women answered?

D-Day on the Home Front

6/6 at 2:00 PM (1 hour)

On the 72nd anniversary of D-Day, we'll explore through news broadcasts, film clips, and newspaper headlines what happened at home as our military forces invaded Normandy on that fateful June 6, 1944.

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath

6/20 at 1:00 PM (45 minutes)

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

Tuesdays

“Of Lost Conversations”: Ranger Talk by Betty Soskin with First-Come, First-Served Seating*

4/26, 5/3, 5/17, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28 at 2 PM (1 hour)

Ranger Betty Soskin 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.

 

Help Us Design the New Wellness Trail!

6/7 at 2 PM (1 hour)

Join National Park Service Urban Fellow Kieron Slaughter for a presentation about the new Richmond Wellness Trail which will connect downtown Richmond with the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center on the SF Bay. Your input is needed to create a safe, inviting bicycle and pedestrian trail.

Wednesdays

Richmond Bus Tour With a Park Ranger (RESERVATION ONLY)

5/4, 6/15 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (2 hours)

Hop aboard with a Park Ranger for an overview of the park sites located throughout the City of Richmond. A short tour of the Maritimie Childcare Development Center is included. Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0 for start time and location.

More than War Ships: Kaiser's Legacies in Healthcare, Childcare, Housing, and Environment

5/25, 6/29 at 2 PM (1 hour)

Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will discuss Henry J. Kaiser’s innovative support systems for his shipyard workers, including child care centers, housing, transportation, and health care.

Warbling through the War Years

6/22 at 2 PM (45 minutes)

World War II produced popular music from jitterbug to broken hearts, which we'll see and hear through samples from radio, records, and the movies.

Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations”: Ranger Talk by Betty Soskin (First Come - First Served Seating*)

4/28, 5/5, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30 at 11:00 AM (1 hour)

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.

Blossoms and Thorns

4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 6/30 at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

A docent from the Japanese American Citizens' League screens the documentary film “Blossoms and Thorns” and shares from their experiences in a WWII internment camp.

Fridays

Rosie Meet and Greet!

4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24  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!

Kleen Teens and Zoot Suits: The Rise of the Teenager

4/29, 5/6 at 3:00 PM (45 minutes)

Greater independence, and defense plant salaries, forever changed America's ideas and attitudes towards young adults during the war years. Join a ranger for a 45 minute program that explores the lives of teen-aged Americans on the home front.

Rationing on the Home Front

4/29, 5/13, 5/27 at 12:30 PM (45 minutes)

During WWII, Americans were asked to sacrifice in support of the troops, and this was evident daily at the dinner table. Learn about rationing and share a sweet treat invented by wartime cooks.

 

Saturdays

"Of Lost Conversations": Ranger Talk by Betty Soskin (First Come - First Served Seating*)

4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/18, 6/25 at 2:00 PM (1 hour)

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.

Henry Kaiser: "Build 'Em By the Mile and Cut 'Em Off by the Yard"

4/30, 5/28, 6/25 at 3:30 PM (45 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.

Sara's Song: Taking the bridge between War and Opportunity

6/18 at 11:00 AM (1 ½ hours)

Tina Williams, author and Human Resources Executive in the high tech industry will discuss her new fictional book, "Sara's Song". The story was inspired by her mother's journey of moving with a young family from Chicago to take a job as a welder in the Richmond Shipyards, and the opportunities this opened up for her. Williams highlights the story of Sara's journey with songs inspired by the struggles and joys of her new life. Space is limited and reservations are required for this film and discussion. Please call 510-232-5050 x0 to reserve your seat today.

 

Sundays

Rosie the Riveter Memorial - A Closer Look

5/8 Drop by from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Drop by Marina Bay Park (located in 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.

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath

5/1, 6/5 at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

What kinds of questions were sailors and civilians asking after 1 million pounds of explosives blew up in Concord in 1944?

Junior Ranger Fun!

5/15, 6/12 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.

Bay Trail Walk

5/29 at 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Take a one-hour leisurely stroll along the Bay Trail and explore home front history with a park ranger. 

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