Park Tours & Schedules

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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 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): 11/5
Time: 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

What kinds 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): 10/16, 10/23,  11/6, 11/20, 11/27
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 must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

 


Wednesdays

The Double V Campaign: Fighting for Civil Rights during WWII

Date(s): 11/7
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Join us for a discussion about the WWII Double V campaign when African Americans were fighting for democracy on two fronts: ending fascism overseas and racism at home.

What We Wore During the War

Date(s): 11/14
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

The war changed everything including fashions which changed to meet new needs: leather, wool, and nylon were needed by our fighting forces, so we made do on the Home Front. We’ll have a look at the clothing worn by working men and women, children, and even Hollywood stars!

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

Date(s): 11/21
Time: 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

Wartime was deadly serious for grown-ups, 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): 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/29 
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 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): 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29
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): 10/12, 10/19, 10/26
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM & 1:15 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 to ask the experts—real Rosies from the Kaiser shipyards—about life and work on the WWII American Home Front!

 


Saturdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
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 must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required.

Bicycle Tour of the Bay Trail: WWII Opportunities for Women (Reservations Suggested)

Date(s): 10/13
Time: 1:00pm (2 hours)

The Richmond shoreline and Bay Trail provide beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay for all levels of cyclists. But it's not just a pretty view--there's plenty of exciting history too! Join us for a Park Ranger-led bicycle tour of the Bay Trail. Bring plenty of water, warm layers for wind, and a portable snack. No rider left behind, all ability levels welcome. This will be a slow-paced ride with frequent stops and plenty of opportunities to observe and discuss points of interest. Length: 2 hours, about 4 miles. Meet at the Eucalyptus tree outside the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center. (Rain cancels). Please call if you plan to bring more than 5 people. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. 

The Double V Campaign: Fighting for Civil Rights during WWII

Date(s): 10/27
Time: 3:30 PM (1 hour)

Join us for a discussion about the WWII Double V campaign when African Americans were fighting for democracy on two fronts: ending fascism overseas and racism at home.

 

Sundays

Bay Trail Walk - Home Front History and Beyond! 

Date(s): 10/28 
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Take a leisurely one hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore the home front history landscape.  (Rain Cancels)

Bay Trail Walk

Date(s): 10/14
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Take a leisurely one hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore the home front history landscape.  (Rain Cancels)

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

Date(s): 10/28
Time: 3:30 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.

Manufacturing Pride through Perseverance: Ford Assembly Plant

Date(s): 10/21
Time: 2:00 PM (45 minutes)

Take a short walk with a park ranger and explore the history of the Ford Assembly Plant and its enduring effects on the people of the City of Richmond. (Rain Cancels)

 

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

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