By Community Contributor in Daily Republic: Solano County's New Source
The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host members from the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday May 4, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The park is located in Vacaville at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 to the left of Lagoon Valley Regional Park’s entrance.
The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park was established in Richmond, California in 2000. This National Park tells the story of the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond which produced 747 ships during World War II with the largest number of people in the history of our country working at war jobs out of a sense of patriotic duty. During World War II six million women entered the workforce and became known as “Rosie the Riveter”. Her “We Can Do It” motto came to symbolize all women workers.
You can now donate your old car, truck, or other vehicle to Rosie the Riveter Trust through CARS.
The process is easy and takes less than an hour. CARS will send a tow truck to pick up your vehicle, most are picked up within 72 hours. It is all free and tax deductible!
To donate your vehicle to Rosie the Riveter or get more information, click here.
If you live in the Portland, Orgeon area, be sure to check out IBEW Local 48 in the Grand Floral Parade on June 8th.
There will be Rosies galore!
For more inforamtion, check out Local 48's Facebook page here.
March is Women’s History Month. On last year’s Equal Pay Day, Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson tweeted that, on average, American women must work 15 months to earn what men earn in a year. “At Kaiser Permanente, we are committed to ensuring equity in pay,” he wrote.
But the struggle for equal pay for equal work started long ago. One of its watershed moments was the World War II home front — and much of that took place in the Kaiser defense industries.
Fairfax resident Phyllis Gould, 97, has proven that sending handwritten letters to politicians can, in fact, spark change. She’s going to keep writing, she said, until she sees a permanent “Rosie the Riveter Day” printed on calendars nationwide.
"The high-quality medical care received by the workers in the Kaiser shipyards under the direction of Sidney Garfield, MD, helped us win the war." By Lincoln Cushing
When Henry J. Kaiser took on a contract to build cargo ships for the British Government in 1941, our nation wasn’t at war. The modern shipyards he carved into the Richmond’s remote bay marsh (as well as in St. Johns, Oregon) began as just one more of his large-scale industrial projects. But when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, everything changed, and everyone was called upon to support the “home front”.
March 11, 2019 by Kaylin Peachey in National Park Foundation Blog
Marsha Mather-Thrift remembers the days when she was the only official staff member at Rosie the Riveter Trust: “We’ve grown since then, now we have three staff members!” Marsha, who started in 2010, and her staff are a small and powerful team. Together with the National Park Service, its board of directors, and a variety of partners, the trust has a commendable mission in Richmond, CA and across the U.S.: inspiring youth and preserving history at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
By Mike Aldax in The Richmond Standard March 5, 2019
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt is recommending a name change for the new Richmond Ferry Terminal.
In his popular e-forum newsletter, the mayor called the current name, FT-RCH, unimaginative. The FT stands for ferry terminal, and RCH for Richmond.
No Child Left Without a Park
Jonathan B. Jarvis
Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, UC Berkeley
18th Director of the National Park Service
A few years ago, as director of the National Park Service (NPS), I joined a group of fourth graders from the Denver area on a stream survey team at Rocky Mountain National Park. They were splashing in a meadow stream with nets and jars, having a great, wet time.
With the launch of the new Richmond Ferry Terminal, it is now easier than ever to get to Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park!
In addition to the ferry, there are a few options for getting back to San Francisco. You can jump on the number 74 bus and take that to BART or transfer to a Transbay Service bus.
For information on the bus line/AC Transit click here.
For information on the Transbay Service bus click here.
We are excited about the new Richmond Terminal and look forward to hearing about everyone's adventures across the bay waters!