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

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Lynne Horiuchi is an architectural historian who received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She taught for two years at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, in the Department or Architecture and has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently writing a book, Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II and editing a collection of essays with Tanu Sankalia on Bay Area development, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco's Treasure Island. She has published a number of articles on urban planning, low-cost housing, and community project development with a focus on art and architecture. She has been the recipient of a numerous prestigious awards such as The Bancroft Library Study Award from the University of California at Berkeley and the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her professional experience is in environmental planning and engineering at Caltrans specializing in cultural resource management. In addition she has served on numerous community planning boards, and she has developed educational projects with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the California Council for the Humanities.

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Diane Hedler, RN, MS, is National Director of Quality with Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente. Since 1988, Diane has held numerous positions throughout Kaiser Permanente. The scope of her current role encompasses working with senior executives and physician leaders in the eight operating regions of Kaiser Permanente.

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For the workers at Standard Oil, Ford, Kaiser, and other industries in Richmond, the war years were not business as usual. They required everyone to do their best...and then do a little better. F.A. Smith, the manager of the Standard Oil refinery said, "The impossible we can do. Miracles take longer...but just a little longer."

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Don’t miss this year’s Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Once again, on August 11th, we will gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world.

Join us for this free and family-friendly event for fun, festivities, great food, costume contests, dancing and more!

TIME: 11 am to 4 pm
DATE: August 11, 2018
LOCATION: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804

This year, instead of breaking the Guinness record, we encourage everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways, or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet! This year’s event will honor original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrate the ordinary people from many backgrounds, races and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges during WWII.

Admission to the Rosie Rally Home Front Festival is completely free!

Check back soon for further details about event highlights, transportation, and more!

Are you an original WWII Rosie or Home Front Worker planning to attend the Rally? Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know about any special accessibility needs. 

 


 

Interested in sponsoring this event? Sponsorships are available starting at $1000. Contact Marsha Mather-Thrift, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 


 

 

Save the Date: August 11, 2018 - Rosie Rally Home Front Festival

Don’t miss this year’s Rosie Rally Home Front Festival! Once again, on August 11th, we will gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world.

Join us at this free and family-friendly event for fun, festivities, great food, costume contests, dancing and more!

This year, instead of breaking the Guinness record, we encourage everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways, or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet! This year’s event will honor original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrate the ordinary people from many backgrounds, races and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges during WWII.

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RORI Visitor Education Center

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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
  • NEW--FOR ALL BETTY REID SOSKIN PROGRAMS: Reservations for seats---including the wait list---must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

 


Mondays

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath

Date(s): 6/25
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?

 


Tuesdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. *Reservations for seats---including the wait list---must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

 


Wednesdays

Warbling through the War Years

Date(s): 6/6
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

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.

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

Date(s): 6/13
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Wartime was deadly serious for grownups, 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” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30
Time: 11:00 AM (1 Hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. *Reservations for seats---including the wait list---must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

"Blossoms and Thorns"

Date(s): 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28
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.

 


Fridays

Rosie Meet and Greet

Date(s): 5/25
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 hours) & 1:20 PM - 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!

 


Saturdays

"Habeus Corpus in Wartime: World War II and the Mass Detention of Japanese Americans"

Date(s): 6/2
Time: 11:00 AM (1 hour)

University of California, Berkeley Professor of Law Amanda L. Tyler will discuss her recently published book, "Habeas Corpus in Wartime: From the Tower of London to Guantanamo Bay" (Oxford University Press 2017).

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/18, 8/25
Time: 2:00 PM (1 Hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. *Reservations for seats---including the wait list---must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

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

Date(s): 6/30
Time: 3:30 PM (1 hour)

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.

 


Sundays

A Second Gold Rush: Migration to California, 1940-45

Date(s): 6/24
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Join UC Berkeley Professor of History Emeritus Thomas Metcalf for a presentation about how the unprecedented migration during WWII created the California we know today.

Bay Trail Walk

Date(s): 6/10
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Take a leisurely 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

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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.

 

Contact

Get in touch with us if you have questions or comments.

Board

The Trust's board of directors and national park liaison.

Publications

An archive of our newsletters.

Staff

Meet Marsha Mather-Thrift, the executive director.

Volunteer

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

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