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): 5/20, 6/17, 7/1
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): 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18, 6/25, 7/2, 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27
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): 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): 5/22, 6/26, 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!

The Cartoon War

Date(s):7/17
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)
Cartoons are for kids! Cartoons are for grown-ups! Cartoons are funny! Cartoons are serious. Share an hour seeing how talented artists saw life through exaggeration.
 

Homefront Propaganda During World War II

Date: 8/14
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

War is waged with many kinds of weapons. Some motivate positive action. Others create fear. We’ll look at the range of propaganda used during WWII.

Thursdays

“Of Lost Conversations” (Reservations Required)*

Date(s): 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29
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): 5/23, 5/30, 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29
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: "Casablanca" (1942)

Date: 7/11
Time: 7:00 PM

Come join us for our annual evening in Rick’s Café Americain and share the most beloved movie of the World War II era. According to the American Film Institute, Casablanca is “The Greatest Love Story of All Time (and possibly, the best movie, period).”

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.

Annual Home Front Film Festival: "Pimpernel Smith" (1941)

Date:7/25
Time: 7:00 PM

Leslie Howard reprises his role as “The Scarlet Pimpernel” moving the story from The French Revolution to Nazi Germany.

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.

Annual Home Front Film Festival: "The Edge of Darkness" (1943)

Date: 8/8
Time: 7:00 PM

Norwegian resistance fighter Gunnar Brogge (Errol Flynn) leads his village in an uprising against the cruel occupying Nazis.

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.

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):  5/24, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30
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): 6/7, 7/19, 8/2
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): 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31
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): 5/25, 6/22, 7/27, 8/24
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): 6/9, 7/21, 8/11
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): 6/2, 7/7, 8/4
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): 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.

Days of Crisis: A Century of Events that Changed America

Date(s):7/7
Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)
 
History takes sudden turns. We’ll consider several major occurrences that had profound and lasting impact on our country’s life and fortunes.
 

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

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