Perhaps the most unusual of the public lands administered by the
National Park Service is the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front
National Historic Park.
Created on October 24, 2000, the site is located in
Richmond, California, and includes portions of the Kaiser shipyards
where many of the women worked. Exhibits include the SS Red Oak Victory,
one of 747 ships built in the four Kaiser shipyards; visitors can also
follow a new roadway that winds around current shipbuilding operations
to encompass views of the historic electric shop, machine shop, forge
and cafeteria. Restoration of two child-care centers built by Henry
Kaiser for his workers — the “Rosies” of WWII helped make outside child
care acceptable — is under development, as is a visitor center.
For now, many of the thousands of exhibits donated by women who
worked in the shipyards during the war is housed in a special area of
the Richmond City Hall. There’s also a Rosie the Riveter Memorial
landscape sculpture, contributed by the city of Richmond.
For more information, contact the park at (510) 232-5050, or visit nps.gov/rori.