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. As of July 2nd, 2019, all Betty Reid Soskin programs are cancelled until further notice. 

 


Mondays 

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

Date: 9/2
Time: 2:00 PM 

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. Bring your own bicycle, 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.
 

Tuesdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 
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.


Wednesdays

What We Wore During the War

Date(s): 8/28
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! 

Celebrations During the War Years

Date(s): 9/11 
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Even during the war’s darkest days, Americans needed the release of celebrations to remind themselves of better times past and future. We’ll live through several wartime celebrations that reflected those emotional occasions.
 

Wartime Romance: WWII's Influence on Dating and Marriage

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

Old social patterns altered dramatically because of the war. Dating, marriage, moral behavior—all responded to the drastic changes wrought by the war. We’ll consider how and why Americans in uniform and on the home front created new ways of living.

Tune in Tomorrow! A Wartime Radio Day

Date(s): 10/9
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Put away your handheld device and come listen to wartime radio! News, comedy, drama, sports: everyone listened to the same wonderful programs. And so will we!

Time Out! Sports During World War II

Date(s): 10/23
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

War took the best of America’s athletes out of one kind of uniform and put them in another! We’ll consider what happened to sports in our country during the war and how the armed services used sports to boost morale.

Days of Crisis During WWII

Date(s): 11/6
Time:2:00 PM (1 hour)

“Crisis” means “turning point.” We’ll explore many turning points that occurred on the home front as a consequence of the war.

Lonely and Far from Home: The USO During World War II

Date(s): 11/20
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Millions of young Americans left their homes for the first time during the war, leaving behind their friends, their families, and their familiar social lives. The USO’s mission way to offer them safe, wholesome activities—and donuts. Let’s see how it happened!

Games and Toys for Girls and Boys

Date(s): 12/11, 12/18
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Kids need and deserved the thrill of opening presents, whether for birthdays or for holidays. Even the war didn’t change that! We’ll open a whole bunch of toys together, all dating back to the war years.


Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 
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): 8/22, 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26,10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12  
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.

Annual Home Front Film Festival: "The Fighting Sullivans" (1944)

Date: 8/22

Time: 7:00 PM

Based on the true story of the Sullivan Brothers of Waterloo, Iowa, this is a story of love, patriotism and sacrifice.
All films will be shown aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory. Boarding begins at 6:30 PM. For info and directions to the ship, please call 510-237-2933. Admission is Free, but there is a suggested donation of $10 to help preserve and maintain the ship.


Fridays

Rosie Meet and Greet

Date(s):  8/23, 8/30, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27,10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27   
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!

Rationing on the Home Front

Date(s): 10/11, 11/18, 12/6 
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.


Saturdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 
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.

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

Date(s): 8/24, 9/21, 10/26, 11/23, 12/28
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. 

Sundays

Bay Trail Walk

Date(s): 8/25, 9/8, 10/13, 11/10, 12/8 
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)

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – A Closer Look

Date(s): 9/1, 10/6, 11/3, 12/1
Time: Drop in 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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)

 

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

Date(s): 9/1 
Time: 2:00 PM 

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. Bring your own bicycle, 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.

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

Date(s): 9/15, 10/27, 11/24, 12/22 
Time: 2:00pm (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.

Women's Herstory: The Legacy of Inclusion and Exclusion During WWII

Date(s): 9/22 
Time: 2:00pm (1 hour)

What jobs became available to women during WWII, in the military, the factories, and beyond? Why did this matter for women historically? How does the legacy of women's work impact our society today? Join Park Ranger Catherine Orland for a spirited discussion in the Visitor Center classroom.

 

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

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