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Save The Date: April 7, 2018 - Annual Benefit Dinner

The Rosie the Riveter Trust Board of Directors invites you to attend Growing a Rosie Future, our Annual Benefit Dinner 2018. This event will honor living Rosies and other home front workers who transformed American industry, society and culture, and help raise funds for our youth programs. Enjoy a special evening to benefit programs of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

Join us at El Cerrito’s historic Berkeley Country Club on Saturday April 7, 2018, to enjoy a special homage to WWII’s Victory Gardens, as we commemorate the many ways ordinary people stepped up to overcome global challenge, and came together as a society. Meet surprise guests and help us raise funds to inspire new generations with vital historical knowledge and a 21st Century “We Can Do It” spirit. Early bird tickets are $180, available through the link below.

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RORI Visitor Education Center

RORI NPS Homepage

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:
  • 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.



The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath

Date(s): 12/11, 1/15, 2/26
Time: 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?



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

Date(s): 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16
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.



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

Date(s): 12/13, 1/17
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. Bus leaves from the Visitor Education Center. *Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0

The Cartoon War from Disney to Dr. Seuss

Date(s): 12/27
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Boosting moral 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

Date(s): 12/13
Time: 11:00 AM (1 hour)

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



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

Date(s): 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11, 1/18, 2/22
Time: 11:00 AM (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.

"Blossoms and Thorns"

Date(s): 12/14, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
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: “Father Goose” (1964)

Date(s): 12/21
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Red Oak Victory Ship
Fees: $10 Donation Suggested

This Academy Award winning film, directed by Ralph Nelson is considered one of Cary Grant’s and Leslie Caron’s most endearing comedies. Film will be shown aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory.



Rationing on the Home Front

Date(s): 2/16
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

Date(s): 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
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!



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

Date(s): 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/13, 1/20, 2/24
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”

Date(s): 12/30, 1/27, 2/24
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.



Rosie the Riveter Memorial – a closer look

Date(s): 1/7, 2/4
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

Date(s): 1/4, 2/11
2:00 PM (1 hour)
Location: Visitor Center

Take a leisurly one-hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore home front history with a park ranger. (Rain Cancels)

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Located in Richmond California, Rosie the Riveter Trust is the nonprofit partner building a community of support for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. (RORI)

For information about RORI programs and events, please visit the Park's website or call 510-232-5050 x 0.

Our Mission

Rosie the Riveter Trust seeks to inspire current and future generations with the "We Can Do It" spirit and values that energized the World War II Home Front and transformed American government, industry, society, and culture.

The History


In 1997, a group of Richmond citizens formed the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Committee to create a memorial that would honor the women who had worked on the home front during the war. The committee brought together a coalition of supporters to fund the creation of a permanent landscape sculpture and the City of Richmond sponsored an open design competition to select a design team. In October 2000, the Committee dedicated the sculpture in Marina Bay—a former Kaiser shipyard from World War II—with several hundred “Rosies” in attendance.

Local leaders formed the Rosie the Riveter Trust, and worked with Congressman George Miller seeking Congressional authorization for a feasibility study to determine whether a national park could be established. Congressman Miller then carried legislation and President William Clinton signed the bill that established the Rosie the Riveter/Home Front National Historical Park on October 24, 2000.

A Sample Of Our Achievements

Since the park’s formation, the Rosie the Riveter Trust and National Park service have worked to designate important historical sites, preserve and restore sites and artifacts, and create many more opportunities for visitor access and education about this catalytic and vitally important era in U.S. history.

The Trust has been instrumental in helping to establish the Rosie the Riveter Memorial and park, in re-locating important artifacts like the huge Whirley Crane at Shipyard 3, and in completing a $9 million renovation of the historic Maritime Childcare Center, which won a LEED Gold for Schools award and now operates as a living part of the park. In May 2012, the Trust also supported the opening of of the new Visitor Center next to the Ford Assembly Plant, and a Visitor Gift Shop operated by the Trust. Other successes have included development of important youth programs like Rosie’s Girls, a free summer camp for at-risk girls, modeled on the courageous women who tackled hands-on jobs during WWII and in the process, broke barriers for women in the workforce.



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Volunteers help support the park in many ways, through work as a docent, office help, facilities maintenance help, photography, gift store assistance and more.

If you are interested in volunteering and can commit to a schedule, please fill out the volunteer sign-up form and mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by postal mail to Rosie the Riveter, Attn: Volunteer Coordinator, PO Box 71126, Richmond CA 94807-1126.

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Mark Cameron is a litigation shareholder in Miller Starr Regalia’s Walnut Creek office. Over the past 48 years Miller Starr Regalia has earned its reputation in California as a leading real estate law firm.

Mark Cameron has over 30 years of experience in California as a litigator, strategist, and negotiator of complex multi-party disputes. He is experienced in the enforcement of contracts and law concerning commercial lending, construction, insurance, environmental rights and obligations, general business, and real estate. Mark has represented major lenders, developers, contractors, court-appointed receivers, wineries, hotel owners, insureds, and many high net-worth owners of businesses and real estate assets. Over the past 12 years Mark has updated and authored two chapters, Defective Construction and Receivers, in the well-recognized legal treatise Miller & Starr California Real Estate Third published by Thomson West.

Mark received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He received his M.A. and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

As a Board member, Mark strongly supports the mission of Rosie the Riveter Trust and believes there is unusual potential and power in this particular past to inspire good works in current and future generations.

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Thomas K. Butt, FAIA is an architect and president of Interactive Resources, a Richmond, California, architecture, engineering and planning firm. In addition to providing a wide range of consulting services, Interactive Resources is a developer of urban infill real estate projects.

Since 1995, he has served on the Richmond City Council, including a year as vice-mayor in 2002. He has a keen interest in seeing the Rosie the Riveter WW II Home Front National Historical Park succeed, having taken a leadership position in lobbying Congress, authoring much of the local legislation relating to Richmond’s partnership position and to historic preservation in general. Tom is active in many organizations relating to architecture, construction and historic preservation, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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Jane A. Bartke brings to the Trust her deep experience in two vital fields, community leadership, and education. Jane as served on the El Cerrito City Council and as Mayor for two terms.

In the community, Jane served two terms on the El Cerrito City Council, including two terms as Mayor. She has also served as Chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference and represented Contra Costa cities on the Executive Board of the Association of Bay Area Governments, chairing its Legislative & Government Committee for eight years. She also chaired the Administrative Services committee of the state-wide League of California Cities. Jane’s community endeavors, include having been President of the Junior Women’s Club, chair of the city Parks & Recreation Commission, President of Soroptomists, President of the honorary teachers’ sorority, and founder and current President of the El Cerrito Community Foundation. She has served on the board of the YWCA, and as President of the county-wide National Women’s Political Caucus. She has been honored as El Cerrito’s Woman of the Year. She was recently honored by being placed on the El Cerrito Wall of Fame, one of only a few citizens so honored.

Jane’s education credentials include a life-time credential to teach kindergarten through 12th grade and more than 30 years of classroom teaching in local public schools. Her innovative classroom ideas won her the “Teaching Excellence Award” from the West Contra Costa Education Fund.

Jane also brings memories of her mother as a warden during WWII, and remembers the rationing and coupons used to buy basic essentials.

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The company gave new meaning to Rosie's famed slogan, "We can do it!"

Bowing to a 24-hour publicity firestorm, Swiffer, the Proctor & Gamble-owned cleaning company, on Tuesday announced it would pull an ad that had been widely condemned as offensive for recasting the iconic image of Rosie the Riveter as a sexed-up homemaker.

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The Park and Trust are collaborating in many ways to "green" Richmond and seed Victory Gardens throughout the City. Here are just a few examples on a growing list.

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Reading about history isn't the same thing as talking to the people who made it.

And that's exactly what visitors to the national park in Richmond can do from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Friday.

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

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