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 


Tuesdays 


Wednesdays 

Don’t Touch That Dial!

Date(s): 2/26
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Radio was the way people got their news and entertainment during the war. Let’s listen in on a typical radio day.

A Home Away from Home – The USO during WWII

Date(s): 3/11
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Our boys (and girls) were far from home, facing an uncertain future. The USO provided a safe place for socializing and emotional support.

The T-Zone – Promoting the Bad Stuff During the War

Date(s): 3/25
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Cigarettes, Liquor, Patent Medicines, Fast Cars with Poor Brakes. All these did nothing to improve the health and safety of Americans during the war. We’ll take look at ads and commercials for the bad stuff!


Thursdays

"Blossoms and Thorns"

Date(s): 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
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):  2/21, 2/28, 3/6, 3/20, 3/27   
Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM and 11:30 AM - 12:15 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): 
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

The Life and Times of Henry J. Kaiser

Date(s): 2/22, 3/28
Time: 3:15 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. 
 

Rosie Meet and Greet

Date(s): 2/22, 3/7, 3/21
Time: Drop in between 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Come and meet Mary Torres, a Rosie who worked on the home front, every other Saturday. Drop in during the morning to hear stories about Mary’s experience on the WWII Home Front.

Who Was Rosie? 

Date(s): 2/22, 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28   
Time: 2:00 PM (45 Minutes)
 Date(s): 3/21
Time: 11:30 AM (45 Minutes)
 
“Rosie the Riveter” is one of the most iconic symbols from WWII, with such an important connection to the American home front that she's the namesake of the National Park you're in now. However, our park's most common question, "Who was Rosie?" does not have a simple answer. Together we’ll explore how this icon came to be, how she's changed over time, and how she is still influencing American culture today.

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

Date(s): 3/21
Time: 2:00 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.


Sundays

Tickets Over the Rainbow

Date(s): 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22
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. 

The Rosie the Riveter Memorial – A Closer Look

Date(s): 3/1 
Time: 11:00 AM -12:00 PM Drop in 

Drop by Marina Bay Park and visit the Rosie the Riveter Memorial—a thoughtful public art sculpture paying tribute to the women who worked on the home front during WWII. A docent will be available to introduce the memorial and help explore questions during the drop-in hour. (Rain Cancels)

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

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