|What is it?
||Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, apart from having the longest name in the national park system, preserves a memorial to the women workers of World War II, a Ford construction plant of the era, and the last remaining Victory Ship created at the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards!
|What makes it historical?
||When the United States officially entered the war on December 8, 1941, there was a sudden mass outpouring of male troops into the Pacific and European fronts! Because of this, many factory floors were suddenly empty and badly needed filling. So, something revolutionary happened: women across the country left home and hearth to enter the workplace. In the defense industry, they became known as Rosie the Riveters, and they did really well, better, in fact, than many of the men were hoping. When the men came back from the war, it wasn’t easy getting the ladies away from the welding torches, and thus was born the working woman as we know her today!
The Park houses the largest collection of intact World War II historic structures in the country! Contained within its Ford manufacturing plant and Red Oak Victory Ship, the last created in the critical Richmond Shipyards, are countless stories of hardworking women struggling to keep their country afloat and finding new meaning in an arena that had formerly been closed off to them!
|How can I Help the Helpers?
- Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
- Volunteer with the Rosie the Riveter Trust!
- Donate to the Rosie the Riveter Trust!
- Be a responsible visitor! Please respect the signs and pathways, and treat all structures and artifacts with respect. They’ve endured a lot to survive into the present. They’ll need our help to make it into the future!
|Where is this place?
||1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804
From Los Angeles: ~382mi (615km) — 6.4hrs
From Sacramento: ~74mi (120km) — 1.3hrs
From San Diego: ~503mi (810km) — 8.4hrs
From San Francisco: ~18mi (29km) — 0.3hrs
|When should I go?
||The visitor center is open every day from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM! The Red Oak Victory Ship is open from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays!