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  Rosie the Riveter Trust Enews - Spring 2018
March 21, 2018

Annual Dinner, RORI event schedule and more!


Rosie The Riveter Trust Enews -  Summer 2017

the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park 


Free Events at RORI Visitor Education Center: March/April 2018

l Visit the RORI website for up-to date event and tour schedules
l Call to confirm for special programs: 
(510) 232-5050 x0
l For all Betty Reid Soskin programs: Tickets are available first-come-first-served 1-hour before the start time, visitors must be present to receive ticket.

Open Daily 10 AM - 5 PM
1414 Harbour Way South Suite 3000 (Oil House)
Richmond, CA 94804

The Port Chicago Disaster and Aftermath
3/26, 4/9 @ 2:00 PM (30 minutes)
What kind of questions were sailors and civilians asking after ten million pounds of explosives blew up in Concord in 1944?

"Of Lost Conversations" (First Come - First Served Seating)
3/24, 3/27, 3/31, 4/3, 4/7, 4/21, 4/24, 4/28 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)
3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/26 @ 11:00 AM (1 hour) 
Park Ranger Betty Soskin discusses her experience as a young African American woman in Richmond during WWII. 

Richmond Bus Tour with a Park Ranger*
3/21, 4/18 @ 10:30 AM (2 hours)
Hop aboard with a park ranger for an overview of the park sites located throughout the City of Richmond. A short tour of the Maritime Child Development Center is included. Bus leaves from the Visitor Education Center. *Space is limited, reservations are required: call 510-232-5050 x0

What We Wore During the War
3/21 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour)
4/6 @ 2:30 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: From Disney to Dr. Seuss
3/28 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour) 
Boosting morale during WWII took many forms--including comic books, editorial cartoons and movie cartoons. Experience some of the favorites enjoyed by kids, GIs, and workers on the Home Front.

Warbling through the War Years
4/18 @ 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.

"Blossoms and Thorns"
3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 @ 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.

Spring Home Front Film Festival: "Das Boot" (1981)**
4/19 @ 7:00 PM (Boarding at 6:30 PM)
Location: Red Oak Victory Ship
Fees: $10 Donation Suggested
Considered one of the best submarine movies ever made, this may also be the best film from the German perspective of WWII. 

**Film will be shown aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory. 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.

Rationing on the Home Front
4/13 @ 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.

Rosie Meet and Greet
3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (2 hours) & 1:20 PM - 2:00 PM (40 minutes)
Most Fridays, a group of civilian WWII docents share their stories in an informal setting at the Visitor Center. Here is your chance ask the experts-real Rosies from the Kaiser shipyards-about life and work on the WWII American Home Front!

Henry J. Kaiser: "Build Em' by the Mile and Cut Em' off by the Yard"
3/31, 4/28 @ 3:30 PM (1 hour)
Join author Steve Gilford for a 45 minute presentation about the extraordinary life of ship builder Henry J. Kaiser, an industrialist who was a loyal friend to (organized) labor.

She Built Ships (Reservations Required)
4/14 @ 11:00 AM (1 hour)
Local author Jeane Slone will highlight stories of love, loss, prejudice, courage and sacrifice from her historical novel about the Richmond Home Front, the Port Chicago Explosion and the incarceration of Japanese Americans before, during and after WWII.

Rosie the Riveter Memorial - a closer look
4/1, drop-in from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (1 hour - Rain Cancels)
Location: Marina Bay Park
Drop by Marina Bay Park (Melville Square) to visit 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 to answer questions and introduce the memorial.

Bay Trail Walk
4/8 @ 2:00 PM (1 hour - Rain Cancels)
Location: Visitor Center
Take a leisurly one-hour stroll along the Bay Trail and explore home front history with a park ranger.

A Second Gold Rush: Migration to California, 1940-45
4/29 @ 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.


In The Riveter print issue:

Photo Credit: Lisa Foote

  • Remembering Richmond's Native American Boxcar Village
  • Linking History to Protecting our Planet and Parks
  • In Memoriam: Priscilla Elder, Bob Hinds, Sandi Genser Maack, and Sally Green

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2018 Annual Dinner:
Growing a Rosie Future

April 7, 2018 @ 5:30 PM 
Berkeley Country Club, El Cerrito, CA 

Don't miss the Trust's biggest fundraiser of the year! Special guest Jerry Di Vecchio, respected former food editor for Sunset magazine, will provide a decades-long perspective on Victory Gardens and the modern farm-to-table movement.

Help us honor the courage and dedication of WWII Rosies! Enjoy gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, 1940s ambience, delicious dinner, wine and cocktails, an exciting silent auction and more!

Tickets are $190 each, and almost sold out! So be sure to reserve your seat NOW! 

Buy your tickets online at:

Please contact Marsha Mather-Thrift for more info on event sponsorships:

  • Get your tickets now, before they sell out! CLICK HERE




Linking History 
to Protecting our Planets and Parks

During WWII, people of all backgrounds in the U.S. stepped up to help win peace in a catastrophic time of war. Now our parks and natural resources are similarly threatened by a rapidly-changing climate. A new kind of home front effort is needed--one in which every citizen does their part to overcome this global challenge.

Thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy, the Trust has partnered to develop an educational unit for our Every Kid in a Park program that stimulates fourth graders to think about the links between WWII History and protecting
important natural resources like San Francisco Bay. Each youngster learns the rich natural history of the Bay and how the local food web may be impacted by changing temperatures and sea level rise. 

To learn more about this program and stay updated about other exciting Trust activities, become a member today!


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