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): 10/8
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): 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30
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

What We Wore During the War

Date(s): 9/26, 10/24
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!

Richmond Bus Tour with a Park Ranger (Reservation)

Date(s):9/26, 10/10
Time: 10:30 AM (2 hours)

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. Space is limited. – RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call (510) 232-5050 x0

Warbling through the War Years

Date(s): 10/10
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.

 


Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 
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): 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25
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): 9/28, 10/5, 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): 9/29, 10/6, 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.

Bay Trail Walk - Home Front History and Beyond! 

Date(s): 10/6
Time: 3:30 PM (1 hour)

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

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

Date(s): 9/29, 10/27 
Time: 3:30 PM (1 hour)

Join author Steve Gilford for a presentation about the extraordinary life of ship builder Henry J. Kaiser, an industrialist who was a loyal friend to (organized) labor.

From Executive Order 9066 to Executive Orders today: Our Rights, Our Democracy, Our Humanity (Reservations Required)

Date(s): 10/6
Time: 11:00 AM (1 1/2 hours)

Our program will include a film screening of For the Sake of the Children, a documentary film, which tells the poignant stories of three generations of Japanese Americans whose families were imprisoned during World War II in America’s concentration camps. The film explores the legacy of the Japanese American incarceration and the long-term impact of this incarceration experience.
Space is limited and reservations are required for this discussion. Please call 510-232-5050 x0 to reserve your seat today.

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

Date(s): 10/13
Time1:00pm (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.
 

Sundays

Bay Trail Walk - Home Front History and Beyond! 

Date(s): 10/28 
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)
Date(s): 9/30
Time: 11:00 AM (1 hour)

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

Rosie the Riveter Memorial-A Closer Look

Date(s): 10/7
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (drop-in) 

Visit Marina Bay Park (Melville Square), site of 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 for one hour to answer questions and introduce the memorial.  (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): 9/30 
Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)
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): 10/7, 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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