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): 3/25, 4/8, 5/20, 6/17
Time: 2:00 PM (30 minutes)

What kinds 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): 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25
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

Warbling through the War Years

Date(s): 4/10, 5/8, 6/12
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.

What We Wore During the War

Date(s): 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26
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!


Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
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): 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27
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.

2019 Winter Home Front Film Festival: “So Proudly We Hail”, (1943)

Date: 3/21
Time: 7 PM (Boarding at 6:30pm)

In celebration of Women’s History Month join us for a story about the heroic Army nurses who served during the siege and fall of the Philippines during the early days of WWII. Starring Claudette Colbert and Veronika Lake

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.

2019 Winter Home Front Film Festival: “Sahara”, (1943)

Date: 4/18
Time: 7 PM (Boarding at 6:30pm)

Humphrey Bogart leads an international group of allied soldiers in Northern Africa, as they fight a desperate battle against a much larger German force.

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.

2019 Winter Home Front Film Festival: “Go For Broke”, (1943)

Date: 5/16
Time: 7 PM (Boarding at 6:30pm)

This is the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a unit of Japanese-American soldiers who fought with distinction in Europe, while many of the families where incarcerated back home. Starring Van Johnson and Henry Nakamura

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): 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 6/21, 6/28
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): 4/26, 5/10, 6/7
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): 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
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): 3/23, 4/27, 5/25, 6/22
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.

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment: Marcy Whitebook (Reservations Required*)

Date(s): 4/27
Time: 11:00AM (1 ½ hours)

*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.

Join the Union and Keep Working: Labor-sponsored Films on the Home Front (Reservations Required*)

Date(s): 5/18
Time: 11:00AM (1 ½ hours)

During World War II unions played a major role in ensuring production for the war effort ran smoothly, especially in comparison with the pre-war years, which in California were marked by major battles between labor and capital. The medium of film was enlisted, both in Hollywood, and in less glamorous settings, to persuade workers to join unions and keep working. We will watch two films made by unions: an animated film directed by Warner Brothers luminary Chuck Jones, "Hell Bent for Election," made for the Roosevelt reelection effort in 1944 by the United Auto Workers; and "How You Are Served", by Shipyard Laborers Local 882, introducing the union to new members.

Fred Glass was the communications director for the California Federation of Teachers for nearly thirty years before retiring in 2017. He teaches labor history in the Labor and Community Studies Department, City College of San Francisco, where he is a member of AFT Local 2121. He wrote and directed Golden Lands, Working Hands (1999) a ten-part video series on the history of the California labor movement. His book, From Mission to Microchip: A History of the California Labor Movement, was published by the University of California Press in 2016.
*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.


Sundays

Bay Trail Walk

Date(s): 4/14, 5/19, 6/9
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): 4/7, 5/5, 6/2
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): 4/28, 5/12, 6/23
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.

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

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