Rosie & Home Front Histories

oral histories

In partnership with the Regional Oral History Office at UC Berkeley, the park has brought former Rosies and home front workers together to be interviewed in this compelling series of videos. There are nearly two hundred interviews in this archive that chronicles an amazing part of our history. These include many local Richmond stories, including a tale of the Boxcar Village in Richmond told by Bertha Hicks, and an interview with the oldest Park Ranger and former worker in a Jim Crow Union Hall, Betty Reid Soskin. Clips from some of these interviews appear in the film, Hometown Heroes, shown at the Visitor Center.

Explore the UC Berkeley Rosie Oral Histories archive

How to Submit Your WWII Home Front Story to RORI/NPS

Allied victory during World War II was supported by the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women working on the American Home Front. Women, who worked in defense industries, became known as "Rosie the Riveters", named after a popular song written in 1942. Although the name of the park starts with "Rosie the Riveter" NPS are committed to collecting a wide range of stories that relate to the American Home Front. Your story and perspective of the World War II Home Front is unique and important. Please consider sharing your memories with us.

National Park Service (NPS) submission guidelines:

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

Park Partners:
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DEAR ROSIE’S AND FAMILY OF ROSIES 

In this time of uncertainty, please reach out to us.  We want to know if you are okay and if you have the resources you need. Above all, we do not want you to feel isolated.  Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 510-507-2276

DINNER RESCHEDULED TO AUGUST 30

In light of current concerns for everyone’s health and local government recommendations, we have rescheduled our 20th anniversary annual benefit dinner for August 30, 2020. We want to protect our community and especially not jeopardize our Rosies’ health (certainly our super stars of the event!).

I sincerely ask you to buy your tickets today. Rosie the Riveter Trust relies heavily on the funds raised from this annual dinner to keep our programs afloat and our park thriving. Our Board and I look forward to seeing you on August 30 - same time, same place!

My very best, 

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Sarah Pritchard, Executive Director 

PS. If you do not know if you can come and could send a donation, we would be most grateful. Your financial contributions support the day-to-day operations of the Trust and our ability to offer park access to youth and special programming. Thank you!