Richmond, Calif. – Rosie the Riveter Trust is celebrating the history of the World War II home front at a Sept. 26 gala, Making History Together. The fundraiser will highlight programs supported by the trust in collaboration with Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park: Every Kid Outdoors, Rosie’s Service Corps and a documentary about the park’s Rosie Ambassadors, currently in production.
“We have a gem of a national park located right here in Richmond, California, where visitors can come learn about the home front and hear stories told in first person. This includes women and men who worked in the Kaiser shipyards, as well as those who spent years in the internment camps during the war,” says Sarah Pritchard, executive director of Rosie the Riveter Trust. “The history of the home front and societal changes that transpired during World War II are important lessons to preserve and share.”
The gala will also include a special tribute to Betty Reid Soskin, who turns 100 in September. Soskin helped establish the Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park, later joining the National Park Service and becoming the oldest ranger in the national park system at 85.
Soskin’s programs at the park’s visitor center have captivated audiences since the center opened in May 2012. During her presentations, she shares her own experiences as a young woman of color during a time when segregation and discrimination were common, adding dimension to the stories of the home front too often left out of the history books. “What gets remembered is determined by who is in the room doing the remembering,” says Soskin in her 2019 film, “No Time to Waste.”
The gala will be held at the historic Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South (next to the park’s visitor center on the Richmond waterfront). The Craneway, which boasts a fabulous view of San Francisco, is the former Ford Assembly Plant where some 49,000 tanks and jeeps were assembled during the home front era.
While individual tickets to the in-person event sold out on Aug. 1, tickets to view the live-streamed event are still available. The event begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by a tribute to Betty Reid Soskin, highlights of the trust’s programs, a live auction, a Zoom afterparty and entertainment by Tia Carroll.
Major event sponsors include the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Kaiser Permanente, The Marguerite Fund, Chevron Richmond Refinery, Accenture, Bank of Labor, California State Pipe Trades Council, Microsoft Corp., The Honorable Barry Goode, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, IBEW Local 302, IBEW Local Union 595 and Marathon Petroleum. Event sponsorships are available beginning at $1,000.
Rosie the Riveter Trust is the official partner of the Rosie the Riveter-WWII Home Front National Historical Park, founded in 2000 in Richmond, California. The park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry, the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of people who were challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds with the “We Can Do It!” spirit.
Event proceeds support expansion of educational programs for all ages and preservation of historical resources for the Bay Area and the nation.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the trust’s web site at www.rosietheriveter.org. For sponsorships, contact Executive Director Sarah Pritchard, at 510-507-2276, or by email at email@example.com.