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

Tickets Over the Rainbow

Date(s): 12/10, 12/17, 12/24, 12/31
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. 


Wednesdays 

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

"Blossoms and Thorns"

Date(s): 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.

The Power of Propaganda: How Propaganda Helped Transform a Nation

Date(s): 12/12, 12/19, 12/26
Time: 11:30 AM (30 minutes)

How was it possible for a country as large and diverse as the U.S. to mobilize the way it did during WWII? Using propaganda posters, we'll investigate the individual sacrifices, business transformations, and government oversight needed to make it all happen. What might be required now if the same needs arose today? 

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):  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!


Saturdays

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

Date(s): 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. 
 

Rosie Meet and Greet

Date(s): 12/14, 12/28
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.


Sundays

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

Date(s): 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.

Tickets Over the Rainbow

Date(s): 12/15, 12/29
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Date(s): 12/22
Time: 3:30 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 Power of Propaganda: How Propaganda Helped Transform a Nation

Date(s): 12/15, 12/22, 12/29
Time: 11:30 AM (30 minutes)

How was it possible for a country as large and diverse as the U.S. to mobilize the way it did during WWII? Using propaganda posters, we'll investigate the individual sacrifices, business transformations, and government oversight needed to make it all happen. What might be required now if the same needs arose today?

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

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