event riveted by Rosie
RICHMOND: A convention for civic leaders from around the
nation offers chance to showcase historic exhibit
Richmond's Rosie the Riveter park was a featured centerpiece
at last week's National League of Cities convention in Reno.
4,000 mayors, council members and city managers from around
the country attended the conference to learn about recent
trends in municipal issues such as redevelopment, affordable
housing and public transportation.
city officials asked questions about the Rosie the
Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park
exhibit, which was stationed in a prominent spot in the Reno
wanted information because they have Rosies in their
families or because they were interested in the unique
partnership between the city and the National Park Service,"
said Richmond City Councilman Tom Butt, who was joined at
the convention by Councilmen Nat Bates and John Marquez.
the Rosie booth with Park Service Chief of Interpretation
"I must have
spoken to at least 300 people," Butt said.
workers built 747 Victory and Liberty cargo ships during the
war, and the vestiges of the Kaiser Shipyards form the
foundation of the park.
effort of community members, business organizations and
elected officials developed the park idea as a way to honor
the thousands of American women who took wartime jobs in the
shipyards as welders, riveters and crane operators. The park
also celebrates workplace diversity, innovative child care
programs and the first company-based group health insurance.
Park Service was impressed with the concept and local
enthusiasm for the project, and agreed to be the park's
opened to the public in 2003, though it is still a work in
progress. It consists of nine sites, including the SS Red
Oak Victory ship at Terminal 3; the original Kaiser Field
Hospital; the Ford Assembly Plant; and the Rosie the Riveter
Memorial, a stainless-steel sculpture that evokes the hull
of a ship.
sites, such as the Field Hospital and the Maritime Child
Development Center, still must be renovated and improved for
shipbuilding effort was the catalyst for a number of social
innovations that many now take for granted, including a
workforce that was among the first to successfully integrate
women and minorities who toiled on assembly lines to build
the cargo ships at an incredible rate.
achievements helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights
and women's movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
Geluardi at 510-262-2787 or at
TO LEARN more
The Rosie the
The Rosie the
Riveter/WWII Home Front National Park:
Tue, Dec. 12, 2006