Effort to add Nystrom Elementary to national park clears U.S. House

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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)’s effort to add the storied Nystrom Elementary School to the Rosie The Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park passed the U.S. House today as part of a package of bills related to conservation.

The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act (H.R. 803) passed the U.S. House by a vote of 227-to-200 and now moves to the U.S. Senate for consideration.

“The families of Richmond and West Contra Costa County played a critical role in our nation’s World War II efforts,” said Congressman DeSaulnier. “Expanding this culturally significant site to include the Nystrom Elementary School will better tell the story of the history of our community and honor the service of all who contributed during the war.”

According to DeSaulnier’s Office, Nystrom Elementary School at 230 Harbour Way S was built during World War II to accommodate families who moved to Richmond to work at the Kaiser Shipyards.

“It was built as part of a planned development that includes the Maritime Child Development Center, which has already been preserved as part of the park, as well as the Nystrom Housing Area, which has been scheduled for future preservation and redevelopment by the city of Richmond,” according to DeSaulnier’s office. “Congressional approval of this addition is required by the law that created the Historic Park.”