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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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