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
  • For all Betty Reid Soskin programs: Tickets are available 1-hour before the start time, visitors must be present.Those without tickets will not be admitted per fire code regulations.

 


Mondays

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath

Date(s): 12/11, 1/15, 2/26
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” (First Come – First Served Seating)

Date(s): 12/12, 12/19, 1/9, 1/16
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. *Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk. Those without a number cannot be admitted.

 


Wednesdays

Richmond Bus Tour with a Park Ranger (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 12/13, 1/17
Time: 10:30 AM (2 Hours)
Fees: Free

Hop aboard with a park ranger for an overview of the park sites located throughout the City of Richmond. A short tour of the Maritime Child Development Center is included. Bus leaves from the Visitor Education Center. *Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0

The Cartoon War from Disney to Dr. Seuss

Date(s): 12/27
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Boosting moral during WWII took many forms including comic books, editorial cartoons and movie cartoons. Experience some of the favorites enjoyed by kids, GIs and workers on the Home Front.

Days of National Crisis

Date(s): 12/13
Time: 11:00 AM (1 hour)

From D-Day through the celebrations of VE-Day and VJ-Day, the national mood changed gradually, then dramatically.

 


Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (First Come – First Served Seating)

Date(s): 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/11, 1/18, 2/22
Time: 11:00 AM (1 Hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk.

"Blossoms and Thorns"

Date(s): 12/14, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
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.

Fall Home Front Film Festival: “Father Goose” (1964)

Date(s): 12/21
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Red Oak Victory Ship
Fees: $10 Donation Suggested

This Academy Award winning film, directed by Ralph Nelson is considered one of Cary Grant’s and Leslie Caron’s most endearing comedies. Film will be shown aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory.

 


Fridays

Rationing on the Home Front

Date(s): 2/16
Time: 12:30 PM (30 minutes)

During WWII, Americans were asked to sacrifice in support of the troops, and this was evident daily at the dinner table. Listen to stories about the Federal Government’s rationing program and how it affected families on the Home Front.

Rosie Meet and Greet

Date(s): 12/15, 12/22, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 hours) & 1:00 - 2:00 PM (1 hour)

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

“Of Lost Conversations” (First Come – First Served Seating)

Date(s): 12/16, 12/23, 12/30, 1/13, 1/20, 2/24
Time: 2:00 PM (1 Hour)

Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. Limited Seating for this popular program– Starting 1 hour prior to program seat numbers are issued at the front desk.

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

Date(s): 12/30, 1/27, 2/24
Time: 3:30 PM (60 minutes)

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

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – a closer look

Date(s): 1/7, 2/4
Time: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (1 hour - Rain Cancels)
Location: Marina Bay Park
Fees: Free

Drop by Marina Bay Park (Melville Square) to visit the Rosie the Riveter Memorial—a very thoughtful public art sculpture of a World War II cargo ship under construction along a 450-foot timeline. A docent will be available to answer questions and introduce the memorial.

Bay Trail Walk

Date(s): 1/4, 2/11
2:00 PM (1 hour)
Location: Visitor Center

Take a leisurly one-hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore home front history with a park ranger. (Rain Cancels)

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

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