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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

What We Wore During the War

9/12 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!

Warbling Through the War Years

10/10 at 2 PM (45 minutes)

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.

 

Tuesdays

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

9/6, 104, 10/11, 10/18 at 2 PM (1 hour). Other September dates TBD: Ranger Betty will be traveling.

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

9/20 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

9/27 at 3:30 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

10/4 at 3:30 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!

Wednesdays

Richmond Bus Tour With a Park Ranger (RESERVATION ONLY)

9/21 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.

Remembering the Port Chicago Disaster of 1944

9/14, 10/5, 10/26 at 12 PM (40 minutes)

How do we recall the worst World War II casualty event on American soil? This program introduces the story and oers a virtual peek at the naval magazine memorial site in Concord.

Thursdays

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

9/1. 9/8, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 at 11:00 AM (1 hour) Other September dates TBD- Ranger Betty will be traveling. 

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"

9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27 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!

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

9/16, 10/7 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

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

9/3, 9/10, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 at 2:00 PM (1 hour). Other September dates TBD- Ranger Soskin will be traveling.

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

9/25. 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

9/4 at 2:00 PM (30 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!

10/2 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

9/18 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. 

Days of National Crisis

9/11 at 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

From D-Day through the celebrations of VE-Day and VJ-Day, the national mood changed gradually, then dramatically. We’ll view the ways in which America soberly and then ecstatically marked these world-chasing events through headlines, lm clips, and photographs.

100 Years of Service!

10/9, 10/30 at 2:00 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 offer through the Find Your Park campaign.

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