Aug 18, 2015
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The graphic art by Emma Lou Packard (1914-1998) is the subject of a new exhibit at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center.

On Sept. 5 at 11 a.m., Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will host an opening for the exhibit at the center, located at 1414 Harbour Way South,  Suite 3000. The exhibit is located in the lower level of the Visitor’s Center and available to the public through January.

Packard contributed about 100 illustrations to the weekly Kaiser Richmond shipyard magazine Fore ‘n’ Aft, which included news and stories of an innovative war industry. Some of the images featured in the exhibit are from the Richmond Museum of History.

“Packard’s work was patriotic without resorting to racist jabs or stereotypes; she portrayed workers with dignity and character,” National Park Service officials said. “She drew women’s experiences from a woman’s point of view – numerous vignettes are of children (one of her regular subjects later in life), home life, and the challenges of survival and adjustment in a tempestuous time.”

Space is limited for the opening exhibit and lecture, so please call 510-232-5050 x0 and leave a message with your name and phone number, and specify the date of the program you would like to attend.

The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Print


  1. My Dad John C. McFarland was superintentent at yard # 2 which built the record Liberty ship construction “Robert E. Peary”. I have a few Fore and Aft. Do you know if there is a complete set of all these publications exist.?

    John L. McFarland | Oct 30th, 2015

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