Rosie the Riveter Park rolls out ‘Riveter Days’ as national day approaches

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Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Center (Photo courtesy of the park)

By Kathy Chouteau

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park is kicking off a series of “Riveter Days” as national Rosie the Riveter Day approaches Mon., March 21.

Sun., March 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. real-life Rosies who worked on the WWII Home Front will be at the national park’s Visitors Center, where they will chat with community members, sign posters and more, per park officials. Over the weekend, visitors can also enjoy 21 percent off at the gift shop—featuring Rosie T-shirts, glasses, posters and so many more eye-catching items on hand.

This weekend will also see the release of the park’s short documentary “Living History -The Ambassadors of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park” as well as the debut of the Wall of Honor installation, where community members can participate in beautifying the nearby Bay Trail and furthering the park’s mission of “sharing stories and preserving history,” per park officials.

Some satellite events will also be part of the Riveter Days schedule. On Sat., March 19 from 12:00-4:30 p.m. at 2100 5th Ave. in Oakland, park Executive Director Sarah Pritchard will speak as a panelist at the “Women Empowering Women Forum,” an event focused on uplifting women and expanding their networks. Click here to register for $40.

Sun., March 20 at 6 p.m., East Brother Beer Co. will host a screening of the aforementioned Rosie documentary, with some of the Rosies (hopefully) in attendance, per park officials.

A virtual satellite event set for Mon., March 21 at 6 p.m. will feature historian Lincoln Cushing with the latest installment of the “Rosie Presents” series, “When Rosie the Riveter Went Viral,” during which he will discuss the history of the iconic Rosie the Riveter Westinghouse poster. Click here to register for the free virtual event.

Rosie the Riveter Park is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, in Richmond. Learn more about Riveter Days here.