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Rosie the Riveter Museum/Memorial - Walk on the Waterfront - and more! Something for everyone!

Monday, October 3, 2022, 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Jeanette Ward
6509547476 (c)
Nature Walk
Registration is recommended
Payment In Full In Advance Only
No Fee

Rosie the Riveter front

Rosie Center Memorial
Healthier Aging logo 2021

 Rosie the Riveter Center
RSVP:   Log in and Self register or contact Jeanette or 650-954-7476 to register you or if you have questions. Please be registered, so we know to look for you!

When:   Monday Oct. 3 , 2022, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (depending upon how much you decide to do!)

Where: We will meet at the Rosie the Riveter Center at 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 in Richmond at 1 PM - Please allow time to get there and park and get a name tag from Jeanette, so we know you are there. We plan to stay at the museum for about an hour before going on the walk, but this can be a self paced day.

Open to: Members and Volunteers and their guests 

The Events Team and Healthier Aging Nature Walkers Presents:
Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park 
Museum, Nature Walk to the Memorial Garden and optional Snack after

What we have planned: This event has elements that should appeal to most!  A museum visit, a pleasant walk on the waterfront for exercise, a memorial garden to view,  and an afternoon snack meet – up to socialize with new and old friends. You can do all or parts as you like, as this can be a self paced outing or hang with others!

Check in with Jeanette for a name tag at the  Rosie the Riveter Center at 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000 in Richmond on Monday Oct 3 at 1 PM. Admission is free and there is a gift shop. You may decide to get there early and catch a film.

There are three films available (theater holds 25):
1) Homefront Heroes, a 15-minute introductory film.
2) Birth of Victory, a brief history of Richmond during World War II, 25 minutes. 
    These two films alternate every 30 minutes.   …11:30; noon; 12:30; 1:00; 1:30; etc. 

3) Blossoms and Thorns  -“This in-depth film and discussion focuses on Richmond's Japanese-American citizens who were incarcerated during the Second World War. Join presenters from the Japanese American Citizens League who will share stories from their own experiences as children in the camps.”
It’s a one-hour film and shown only once in the afternoon at 2 pm or you can watch it online ( see more info below)

This relatively new National Park was established in 2000. One can learn about this important time and place in history.  After we see the interactive and educational exhibits, and perhaps catch a film in the theater, we will proceed to walk to the R t R Memorial (garden).  Honoring American Women’s Labor during WWII, the principal component of the memorial is a walkway, the length of a "ship’s" keel, which slopes toward the SF Bay and aligns with the GG Bridge. Two gardens – one of rockrose and one of dune grass – occupy the location of the "ship’s" fore and aft hatches.

For those who want to walk further the Bay Trail goes on around the water front and beyond!

Note: Some might choose to stay a shorter or longer time at the Center, and are welcome to start walking on the trail to the memorial and beyond, whenever they’re ready. For those who want to walk in a group, gather outside the Visitor Center @ 2pm to walk to the Rosie Memorial Rose Garden (1.3 mile walk there plus 1.3 mi back). 

For those who choose to do so, we can meet back at either Bubbalo Café or Lara’s Fine Dining – probably around 3:00 ish – both very close to the R t R Center  (We will see them on our walk to the Memorial). There is outdoor seating for coffee/tea and or a snack, self pay.

Please bring a mask for indoor activities. If you are not vaccinated, you should wear a mask outdoor, as well. Bring good walking shoes, layered clothing for breeze by the bay, water, windbreaker, hat for sun protection, walking poles for stability if you need them, although the walk is flat and paved.

Transportation and Driving Directions and Parking

Members can contact the office for a volunteer ride or have a friend bring you as your guest.

From Berkeley: 

I- 80 East, then take the 1-580 West split after the Gilman St. off ramp. EXIT Harbour Way South, then Right onto Cutting Blvd, now make a Right at the next stop light onto Harbour Way South and Continue for 0.8 miles. Make a left at the security gate/guard shack just before the large Ford Assembly Building. Inform the guard that your are going to the Visitor Center. Drive behind the Ford building. Visitor Center is in the smaller brick building down by the water. Parking close to the building may be limited, but the guard can advise you.

I - 580 West or I-880 North to I-80 East, then follow directions from Berkeley

I-80 West, EXIT Cutting Blvd. making a Right onto Cutting. Continue on Cutting for 2 miles and then a Left onto Harbour Way South and continue for 0.8 miles to the security gate/guard shack - then follow instructions from Berkeley above.

More information:
Check out the Ashby Village You Tube Betty Reid Soskin interview - From 3 years ago HERE.  and.......
The one hour film can be seen on the Betty Reid Soskin website here