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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

8/22 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

8/15 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!

Warbling Through the War Years

8/22 at 3:00 PM (45 minutes)

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.

 

Tuesdays

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

6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30 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.

Warbling through the War Years

7/19 at 3:30 PM, 8/2 at 11 AM (45 minutes)

Dancing the jitterbug, laughing to silly tunes— and mending broken hearts: music during World War II helped usget through fearful times. We’ll see and hear how we listened through samples from radio, records, and the movies.

What We Wore During the War

7/26 at 2 PM (45 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!

From D-Day to VJ Day

8/30 at 11 AM (1 hour)

The last year of the war was marked with powerful events: the invasion of France, the Battle of the Bulge, the A-Bombs, and ultimately victory in Europe and the Pacific. Newspaper headlines, newsreels, radio broadcasts, and magazine articles will help us experience the Home Front during those turbulent days.

Wednesdays

Richmond Bus Tour With a Park Ranger (RESERVATION ONLY)

7/27, 8/31 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 Maritime 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

6/29, 8/31 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.

 

Thursdays

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

6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 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"

6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 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.

100 Years of Service!

8/25 at 12:30 PM (45 minutes)

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 oer through the Find Your Park campaign.

8th Annual Home Front Film Festival

7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25 at 7:00 PM. 

All films will be shown aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory. Boarding begins at 6:30 PM. For info and directions to the ship, please call 510-237-2933.

July 14th: “Casablanca” (1942) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Our annual screening of the most beloved movie from the WWII era and the greatest romantic movie ever made. Come dressed as your favorite character!

July 28th: “Bombardier” (1943) starring Pat O'Brien and Randolph Scott. Veteran pilots train young cadets to become bomber pilots and lead the new pilots on a dangerous mission.

August 11th: “Bride by Mistake” (1944) starring Laraine Day and Alan Marshal. A wealthy shipyard owner devises a plan to nd a husband who is not interested in her money.

August 25th: “The Canterville Ghost” (1944) starring Charles Laughton, Robert Young. The WWII version of the Oscar Wilde story about cowardice, bravery and redemption, complete with American jazz and a darling Margaret O’Brien.

Fridays

Rosie Meet and Greet!

7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26  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

7/22 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.

 

Saturdays

ROSIE RALLY and Home Front Festival! 

8/13. Doors open at 10:00 AM; arrive by 10:30 AM. 

Help us take back the Guinness World Record for the “Largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter”! Bring your friends and family and be a part of history. Click here for details and to RSVP! 

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

7/22 at 11:00 AM (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!

Kleen Teens and Zoot Suits: The Rise of the Teenager

8/20 at 3:30 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 park ranger for a program that explores the lives of teen-aged Americans on the home front.

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

7/30, 8/27 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.

100 Years of Service

8/27 at 11 AM (30 minutes)

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 oer through the Find Your Park campaign.

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

7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 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.

Sundays

Rosie the Riveter Memorial - A Closer Look

7/31. 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

7/17, 8/14 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!

7/3, 8/7 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

7/24, 8/24 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. 

100 Years of Service! 

8/21 at 2:00 PM (1 hour)

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.

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