Film Documents Lives of Bay Area Children During World War II

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National Public Radio aired a great segment Thursday about Betty Reid Soskin, who at age 92 is the oldest national park ranger.

A new film documenting the lives of Bay Area children during World War II will be previewed at the Visitor Education Center of the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park on July 11.

The film is the first production of 78-year-old Patricia Weaver, who conceived the project after volunteering her time with the Veterans Oral History Project of the Library of Congress.

Her volunteer work collecting oral histories of Bay Area residents who were children during World War II era inspired her to produce the film,”Echoes of World War II – A Bay Area Perspective.”

Weaver was a tap dancer as a child, performing with Kay Kyser’s Big Band and entertaining wounded troops hospitalized at California veterans hospitals.

“As children of the Greatest Generation, we all participated in the war effort,” Weaver told state media recently. “Those experiences, even though I was a child, stayed with me – the victory gardens, rationing, collecting all kinds of things that became important in the war effort.

“It was a highly emotional and sometimes frightening time. However, it was also a very cooperative time for families, neighborhoods, cities and states throughout the country as we worked together towards a common goal. It is my dream that our country could come together like that again.”

Reservations are required for the 11 a.m. movie preview, as space is limited. Call 510-232-5050 x0 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000 in Richmond.

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