Rosie Trust gala to celebrate Betty Reid Soskin’s 100th birthday

Join National Park Service ranger, Betty Reid Soskin for an hour long informal virtual chat, every Thursday, at 2 pm, beginning May 13. Betty will share her thoughts and insights and answer questions in this informal virtual gathering. For those who have met her, this will be another opportunity to connect and share. For those who have yet to meet her, this will be a chance to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask. The session will be moderated by Ranger Armand Johnson, and may vary in length depending on how Betty is feeling. This free program is open to all ages and no reservations are required. To view the virtual event or for more information, please visit the park website at Or call the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home National Historical Park (NHP) Visitor Education Center at (510) 232-5050 x 0. At Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front NHP, Betty illuminates the invisible histories of African Americans and other people of color, and her efforts, demonstrate how her work has impacted the way the National Park Service conveys such history to audiences across the United States. Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, CA is the flagship National Park Service site selected to tell the story of Rosie the Riveter and WWII Home Front workers of all kinds. This unique park chronicles the explosive growth of wartime industry, the innovations fostered by visionaries like Henry J. Kaiser, and the extraordinary history of ordinary people who were challenged as never before and came together to overcome wartime odds. 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, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, please call (510) 232-5050 x0 or visit to Admission to the Visitor Center and programs is free.
Betty Reid Soskin (Photo courtesy of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond)

By Kathy Chouteau

Rosie the Riveter Trust, the nonprofit partner of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, has announced its annual dinner gala will take place Sunday, Sept. 26 from 4-8 p.m. and that the event will also celebrate park ranger and national icon Betty Reid Soskin’s 100th birthday.

The dinner gala, called “Making History Together with a Tribute to Betty Reid Soskin,” and presented by the Boilermakers, will take place at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond. According to the Trust’s website, it will be a hybrid event—held both in-person and online—so supporters have a choice.

“Funds raised provide critical support for our youth, historic preservation and women in the trades programs,” stated the Trust. “Thank you for keeping the ‘We Can Do It’ spirit alive today.”

Tickets go on sale August 1; early bird individual tickets are $200 through September 10; after that, ticket prices raise to $250. To explore sponsorship opportunities for the event, click here. Stay updated as plans for the dinner gala develop on the Trust’s website.