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RORI Visitor Education Center

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park 

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
DATE TBD (see NPS website) @ 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

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

 

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys
4/10 @ 2:00 PM (60 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, comics, board games, toy: ships, planes, trains and more!

Tuesdays

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

3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25  Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

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. Those without a number cannot be admitted.

Wednesdays

Warbling through the War Years

3/1     Time: 2:30 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.

 

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

3/29, 4/26    Time: 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.

* Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0 

 

What We Wore During the War

3/8, 3/29, 4/5     Time: 2:30 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.

 

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

3/22     Time: 2:30 PM (60 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!

Thursdays

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

3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27     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"

3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27      Time: 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

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

3/17, 4/14     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!

3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
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)

3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29 Time: 2:00 PM (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. 

 

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

3/25, 4/29 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.

 

Stories of The Greatest Generation That Lived
3/25 @ 11:00 AM (90 minutes)

Catherine Ladnier strives to tell the story of the generation that lived, loved and fought through WWII, through the letters they wrote to their kith and kin. From her hometown in East Los Angeles to her alma mater, Mills College. Catherine learns of the unjust imprisonment of Mills students and their resilience as well as the great story of Guy Galbadon, Hero of the Battle of Saipan. – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call (510) 232-5050 x0

 

The Golden Shore with David Helvarg
4/15 @ 11:00 am (90 minutes )

David Helvarg, founder and executive director of Blue Frontier, discusses the new paperback version of his non-fiction book. The Golden Shore tells the tale of the history, culture, and changing nature of California's coasts and ocean. Explore the state’s 1,100 mile coast line with a focus on Richmond’s WWII history, and discover the spirit of the California coast. – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call (510) 232-5050 x0

Sundays

A Future Day of Radiant Peace

3/26    Time: 11:00 AM (90 minutes)
Catherine Ladnier has written a play to showcase the story of the experience of Japanese American Mills College students during WWII through letters to college president Aurelia Henry Reinhardt. Reinhardt and her staff defied the prejudice and hysteria of the time to support their Japanese students from internment camps. Mills theater students will perform the roles of their Mills sisters. – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call (510) 232-5050 x0

 

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – a closer look

4/23     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.

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