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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
10/23, 11/13, 12/11 @ 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)

 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19

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)*

11/29, 12/13  @ 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 

Warbling through the War Years

11/8 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Dancing the jitterbug, laughing to silly tunes—and mending broken hearts: music during World War II helped us get 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

11/15 @ 11:00 AM (1 hour)

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.

The Cartoon War from Disney to Dr. Seuss

11/22, 12/27 @ 2:00 PM

Boosting morale 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.

Days of National Crisis

11/11, 12/13 @ 11:00 AM (1 hour)
From D-Day through the celebrations of VE-Day and VJ-Day, the national mood changed gradually, then dramatically. 

 

Thursdays

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

11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21       

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"

 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14

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.

Fall Home Front Film Festival: “What Did You Do in the War, Daddy?” (1966)

11/16 @ 7:00 PM
Location: Red Oak Victory Ship
Fees: $10 Donation Suggested

Director Blake Edwards partially based this story on a question he was repeatedly asked by his son (Edwards served in the Coast Guard during WWII).

Fridays

Rationing on the Home Front

11/24, 12/8  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

11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 12/29   
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!

Saturdays

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

11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 12/30

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”

11/25, 12/30 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.

"Answering the Shipyard Call”

11/4 11:00 AM (1 hour)

Join us for a discussion and book signing by local author Tina Williams. Her new book "Perfect Pitch" joins "Sara's Song" and "Dance or Get Out" to complete the Julia Street Series.

Days of National Crisis

11/11 @ 11:00 AM (1 hour)

From D-Day through the celebrations of VE-Day and VJ-Day, the national mood changed gradually, then dramatically.

“Werner Philipp and the Art of Shipbuilding”: Exhibit Opening

11/18 @ 11:00 AM

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Please join us for the opening of a new temporary exhibit, "Werner Philipp and the Art of Shipbuilding".

Sundays

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – a closer look

11/12, 12/3   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

11/5, 12/10 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)
Location: Visitor Center

Take a leisurely 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