Rosie The Riveter Trust - Items filtered by date: November 2017

AFTER WRITING LETTERS to the White House for many years, Phyllis Gould of Fairfax and four other Rosie the Riveters are set to fly Saturday to Washington, D.C. to meet Vice President Joe Biden.

Gould, 92, worked as a welder at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II and has been writing letters since 2008 petitioning elected officials to recognize the contributions of Rosies such as herself. Biden invited the Rosies to the White House in October. The visit was made possible by a fundraising campaign that began late last year.

Published in In The News

annual dinner

Save the Date! The 2019 Annual Dinner will be Saturday April 6, 2019. 


The Rosie the Riveter Trust Board of Directors invites you to attend Stories to Inspire--Honoring the Past, Forging the Future, our Annual Benefit Dinner 2019. 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 6, 2019, to enjoy a special homage to the stories and people who inspired a nation and the future generations. Meet our special guest Jonathan Jarvis, former National Park Services Director, who now leads the Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity at U.C. Berkeley, and crafted Every Kid in a Park, which has increased access to national parks for youngsters from every background, and their families. Help us honor the courage and dedication of WWII Rosies, and raise funds to inspire new generations with vital historical knowledge and a 21st Century “We Can Do It” spirit.

Event Information: 

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Berkeley Country Club
7901 Cutting Boulevard, El Cerrito, CA 94530
5:30 pm - Cocktails and Silent Auction
7:00 pm - Dinner and Program
Dress code: Business casual - 40's wear encouraged

To sponsor, please contact Marsha Mather-Thrift at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fill out the online form


Sponors from 2018 Dinner 

 

Republic Services International Brotherhood of Boilermakers logo  Kaiser Permanente

 

Published in Annual Benefit Dinner

RICHMOND — Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest to send five women — including one from Fairfax — who served as defense workers in World War II to Washington, D.C., in April to meet Vice President Joe Biden.

The invitation was extended by Biden in a personal phone call in October after an extended letter-writing campaign of several years by Phyllis Gould, 92, a Fairfax resident who worked at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during World War II.

Published in In The News

More info coming soon.

Published in Join Our Team

RICHMOND -- They came to this city's national park from as far as Georgia and Germany, ages ranging from 4 to 83.

The draw was a rare Bay Area treasure, a government worker made famous by a government shutdown.

Published in In The News

More info coming soon.

Published in Teacher Resources

We Can Do It…Today!


rosie riveter trust youth

Youth & School Programs

The "We Can Do It" attitude that pervades Home Front history inspires Richmond youth to new heights. Help us to develop new programs for schoolchildren and a transportation fund for schools in need.

More

rosie riveter trust history

Preserving History

Richmond contains more intact WWII Home Front sites than any other place in the U.S. Visitors can explore a wealth of sites that bring the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front history alive across the cityscape.

More

rosie riveter visitor center

Visitor Education Center

Visiting the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, the Rosie Memorial and all Richmond City public parks is all FREE! See driving directions, hours of operation, park maps, and more.

More

rosie riveter trust support

Support Us

Support our work to inspire generations with the stories of the WWII Home Front. Your gifts help complete major projects and offer programs to school children. Become a member, donate, or volunteer.

More

Published in Home/Master

The historical markers are important embellishments to Richmond’s waterfront and a significant component of the new Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. Punctuating over two miles of spectacular shoreline, they link several of Richmond’s parks and the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, as well as the Ford Assembly Building, future home for the National Park’s Visitors Center.

The markers describe a broad range of home front experiences and the dramatic changes that Richmond experienced during World War II – from the incarceration of Richmond’s Japanese-American community to the city’s lively wartime nightlife, advances in civil rights and other legacies.

  • Marker #1 

    no-home-on-the-home-front

    In Richmond, war stirred thousands to roll up their sleeves and build new ships. They shared a single goal: to win against the enemy. War kindled fear and long-held prejudices, and America’s own citizens became suspect. Immigrants from Japan and Italy who’d lived in Richmond for decades were labeled "enemy aliens."

    Japanese Americans were forced to shutter their businesses and piled onto trains, each passenger clutching the two suitcases they were allowed to carry. They were incarcerated, behind barbed wire, in Topaz Relocation Center, Utah. Italian-American families were split in two: non-citizens were forced away from the waterfront, while others could stay in Richmond. Yet citizens of both communities enlisted to defend US ideals. Despite the wounds of war, many who were sent away returned to Richmond. They rebuilt. The greenhouses filled with roses and carnations.

  • Marker #2 

    transforming-the-waterfront

    As war in Europe escalated, Parr convinced Henry Kaiser to build shipyards here. The enterprise further shaped the Inner Harbor into a tidy rectangle of pre-fabrication yards and shipways for the frenzied activity of building wartime vessels.

    For the next 50 years, Lucretia Edwards and other activists launched petitions, raised money and convinced officials to open miles of wave-lapped shore. Each generation’s vision shaped the view we have today.

  • Marker #3 

    divided-we-live

    Although life in Richmond was a great improvement, Jim Crow practices followed migrants from the South. At church, at the movies, in Scout meetings and in the union halls, black residents were separated from their white neighbors.

    By 1945, Richmond’s NAACP was one of the most influential civil rights organizations in the region. Their call for equality and interracial solidarity inspired the next generation of activists.

    This marker uses its proximity to the founding place of Richmond’s NAACP to discuss racial discrimination on the home front and struggles for civil rights during and after the war.

  • Marker #4 

    americans-all

    This "forced melting pot" labored together in shipyard crews. Workers transformed discord into harmony, braving discomfort and danger to toil together, three shifts a day. To boost morale, Kaiser management organized lunchtime entertainment. Hollywood stars brought glamour to bare wooden stages, costumed dancers whirled and shipyard musicians in overalls and hard hats played swing and bluegrass. When the work was done, ship launchings celebrated shared accomplishment.

    As patriotic anthems swelled and champagne sprayed over the new ship’s bow, each worker took pride in what they’d built, and could believe in the slogan “United we win.”

  • Marker #5 

    shift-change

    Three shifts a day, crowds from Richmond and surrounding cities made the journey to the shipyards, walking miles on foot, organizing carpools, hopping the shipyard train and hanging onto bus straps. "Downtown was suddenly just a mass of moving people of all kinds," recalled Phyllis Gould.

    At shift’s end, the human tide changed direction. Shoppers jostled in the streets. Fingers snapped to blues bands at Tapper’s Inn; jitterbugged to "Jersey Bounce." Folks went to church, had dinner and a game of whist. Mexican movies played at Rio Theater and the Moose Club held a Friday night fish fry. The city danced with lights, music and Saturday night joy.

  • Marker #6 

    a-deluge-of-humanity

    War work swelled the city’s population from 23,000 to 100,000 in three years. American Radiator and Standard converted from making "bathtubs to bombs."

    Fifty-five other businesses produced everything from aviation fuel to vitamins for defense. Jobs outnumbered beds despite 25,000 units of federally-sponsored defense housing, so newcomers slept in chicken coops, cars and took shifts in rented “hot beds” still warm from the previous occupant.

  • Marker #7 

    the-home-front-legacy

    With World War II officially ended, Richmond filled with celebration in September 1945. Years would pass before residents fully understood how much the war had changed their lives. A wave of new civilians bought homes and enrolled in college thanks to the "GI Bill."

    Although "old-timers" expected them to go home, most wartime migrants remained in the Bay Area. Having fought for democracy, veterans of home front and battlefield would not accept second class status; the path to integrated schools, fair housing and workplace equity was worn by their marching feet. Women had succeeded at men’s work, and they wanted more.

  • Marker #8 

    recognizing-the-past

    From 1942 to 1945, the Ford Assembly Plant prepared tanks for the battlefront while Kaiser Shipyard Three, across the channel, added to the mechanical din. When the buildings turned to civilian life, cars rolled from the Ford plant; Shipyard Three became the first campus for Contra Costa College and later the Port of Richmond. Plans to level everything in sight, including Brooks Island, followed in the next decades.

    Congress recognized Richmond’s national significance in 2000, passing this law: "In order to preserve for the benefit and inspiration of the people of the United States as a national historical park certain sites, structures and areas located in Richmond, California... there is established the Rosie the Riveter /World War II Home Front National Historical Park."

historical markers bay trail map

Published in Bay Trail

Richmond Shipyard #3 at Point Portrero on the west side of Harbor Channel consists of five historic buildings (machine shop, general warehouse, sheet metal shop, first-aid station and cafeteria) and its five graving/dry docks are still intact. The dry dock basins and buildings are little changed from World War II.

Richmond Shipyard #3 was designed and constructed by Henry J. Kaiser’s Firm as a permanent shipyard, which is one reason it is still relatively intact.

  • Marker #1 

    wartime-changes

    People came from all over the country to Richmond to work in the shipyards during the war. This led to explosive growth of the city, and a dramatic exchange between people of diverse ethnicities and cultures. Men and women of different backgrounds worked and lived side-by-side here. Although gender and racial discrimination did not end after the war, this experience dramatically redefined American society, and planted the seeds for the civil rights and women’s rights movements.

  • Marker #2 

    dynamic-wartime-port

    Miles of undeveloped shoreline and access to the deep waters of the bay made Richmond the location of choice for the largest and most productive shipyards during World War II. The US government and private industrialists became partners in new ways, laying the groundwork for what President Einsenhower later called the “Military/Industrial Complex.” Together they created innovative plants and production methods designed to rapidly supply the war effort.

  • Marker #3 

    war-boomtown

    As World War II approached, Richmond was a sleepy city of some 23,000 residents. Beginning in early 1941, however, the town underwent a radical transformation. This was a prime site for wartime production: the Santa Fe Rail line was already here, the expansive waterfront offered a deep water port, and there was plenty of available land. As shipyards were constructed, the population boomed to over 100,000. People came from all over the country to find jobs and to support the war effort.

  • Marker #4 

    remnants-of-a-shipbuilding-past

    This section of the Bay Trail winds through the former site of Kaiser Shipyard #3, now the Port of Richmond and a part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. Along the trail, you will see evidence of the war’s shipbuilding past: dry docks for ship assembly, rail lines, maritime machinery, a whirley crane, as well as historic ships. As you traverse the trail, imagine this place during World War II–thousands of people working day and night with the constant thundering noise of shipbuilding activity.

  • Marker #5 

    homefront-innovations

    His contemporaries often described Henry J. Kaiser as someone who "never knows what he cannot do." New to shipbuilding, he revolutionized the industry. Kaiser shipbuilding applied, in an unprecedented manner and scale, mass production techniques such as pre-fabrication, which segmented job tasks and trained unskilled labor. Kaiser industries designed shipyards with more space for assembly lines and welding plates together. Using these innovative methods, workers built a total of 747 ships during the war here in Richmond.

  • Marker #6 

    womens-work

    These shipyards hold memories and untold stories of women who were part of the workforce during World War II. As they went to work in great numbers during these years, women juggled work and domestic responsibilities. Theirs are stories of success, sacrifice, and family. Some women were able to place their children in government sponsored daycare facilities. Most benefited from employee health care. However, at the end of the war, many faced unemployment or underemployment.

  • Marker #7 

    smooth-operator

    Sixty years ago, workers—some of them women—used to sit in the turret at the top of the Whirley Crane, operating the controls that caused the 110 foot boom to lift, move, and put into place the massive prefabricated sheets of iron that eventually became cruisers and battleships. After the war, this crane sat rusting on a pier for decades. The Levin-Richmond Terminal Corporation eventually donated it to the City of Richmond after a coalition of Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park organizers lobbied to include the crane as an important artifact from the shipbuilding past.

historical-markers-shipyard-3-map

Published in Shipyard #3
Page 12 of 18

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

Park Partners:
richmond-cvb-logo-60 west-contra-costa-school-district-logo-60 city-of-richmond-logo-60
English / Español: