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 September 4th, all Ranger Betty programs have been canceled. Please call the Visitor Center for updates. 

 


Mondays 

Tickets Over the Rainbow

When History Rhymes: Lessons from the WWII Home Front

Date(s): 10/14, 10/21, 10/28
Time: 11:00 AM (30 Minutes)

80 years later, what lessons can we learn from the WWII Home Front? Learn how the war effort changed the fabric of American society, and join a discussion about how we prepare for unprecedented changes ahead of us.


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 

Wartime Romance: WWII's Influence on Dating and Marriage

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): 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.

And the Oscar Goes to… Oscar-winning WWII Films Aboard the Red Oak Victory

Date: 10/17
Time: 7:00 (Boarding begins at 6:30) (1 hour 58 minutes)

From Here to Eternity (1953), starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr and Donna Reed. The winner of eight Academy Awards, this movie tells the stories of interconnected individuals, living in Hawaii in the days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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.

And the Oscar Goes to… Oscar-winning WWII Films Aboard the Red Oak Victory

Date: 11/21
Time: 7:00 (Boarding begins at 6:30) (2 hour 47 minutes)

Bridge Over the River Kwai (1957) starring Alec Guinness and William Holden. The winner of seven academy awards, this story is based on actual events and tells the story maintaining dignity and finding purpose in the most difficult of circumstances.
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.
 

And the Oscar Goes to… Oscar-winning WWII Films Aboard the Red Oak Victory

Date: 12/19
Time: 7:00 (Boarding begins at 6:30) (2 hour 42 minutes)

The English Patient (1996) starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche. The winner of three Academy Awards, this film tells the story of a nurse treating a badly-burned man near the end of WWII where she learns his story and learns to heal her own scars as she helps her patient.
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):  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, and 12:30 - 1:00 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): 11/8, 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): 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. 
 

Tickets Over the Rainbow

Date(s): 10/19, 10/26
Time: 11:00 AM (1 hour)

Before going over the rainbow with the bluebirds, many gay service members received notorious blue discharges during and after WWII. The implicit association with homosexuality created difficulties acquiring jobs and veteran’s benefits. This led to some of the earliest community organizing and activism among gay people, and a major piece of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement finds roots here. Together we’ll explore legacies more broadly. 


Sundays

Rosie the Riveter Memorial – A Closer Look

Date(s): 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)

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

Date(s): 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.

When History Rhymes: Lessons from the WWII Home Front

Date(s): 10/20, 10/27
Time: 11:00 AM (30 Minutes)

80 years later, what lessons can we learn from the WWII Home Front? Learn how the war effort changed the fabric of American society, and join a discussion about how we prepare for unprecedented changes ahead of us.

 

Tickets Over the Rainbow

Date(s): 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/29
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Before going over the rainbow with the bluebirds, many gay service members received notorious blue discharges during and after WWII. The implicit association with homosexuality created difficulties acquiring jobs and veteran’s benefits. This led to some of the earliest community organizing and activism among gay people, and a major piece of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement finds roots here. Together we’ll explore legacies more broadly. 

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

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