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April 25, 2010

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Join me and the Rosie the Riveter Trust Board on May 8 at “Rosie’s Restaurant” to support Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. “You can get anything you want – at Rosie’s Restaurant.”

Click here for your invitation to Rosie’s Restaurant, the annual fundraiser for Rosie the Riveter Trust, the non-profit partner Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

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Rosie the Riveter Trust Dinner
Saturday, May 8, 2010
6:00 pm—Cocktails 7:00 pm—Dinner
Cafeteria — Shipyard 3
1301 Canal Street, Richmond
Dress Code: Casual
40’s and machine shop wear encouraged.
Please RSVP by April 26th

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Each year, Rosie the Riveter Trust has held its annual fundraiser in a surviving historical building from the Richmond WWII Home Front. This year’ s event is in the Shipyard 3 Cafeteria.

Richmond shipyard 3 cafeteria building: One of the surviving buildings at Richmond Shipyard No. 3 is the cafeteria, which gives the impression that shipyard workers had a pleasant environment for a meal at mid-shift. Actually, the cafeteria was not available to union shift workers. Rather, it was for officials, supervisors, and exempt employees (those who were exempt from federal overtime regulations). The cafeteria was opened in September of 1943 approximately one year and four months after the first ship’s keel was laid in the basins of Shipyard No. 3. The wood frame building is an excellent example of the International Style of architecture that was used for most Kaiser buildings in the City of Richmond. Operated by a local caterer, the cafeteria functioned under strict regulations that governed hours of service and times of access based on rank and position. Lines of people waiting to dine often extended 150 feet in length with a resultant twenty minute wait for these people to get their food. Cafeteria service was augmented by lunch stands available to shift employees but most workers brought their own lunches to work with them.

2009 and the beginning of 2010 has been a successful time for Rosie the Riveter Trust, with the following accomplishments:

  • In 2009, we raised $30,000 and sponsored Rosie’s Girls - Building Strong Girls - Rosie’s Girls is a three week camp for girls entering 6th-8th grades that encourages participants to develop and strengthen their capacities and confidence and helps them expand their perception of the range of educational and career options that are attainable in an atmosphere that is fun, supportive and positive.
  • Secured $8 million in grants and other financing to begin rehabilitation of the Maritime Child Center, a historic 1943 building that will serve as classrooms for the Richmond College Prep Charter School, offices for Richmond Community Foundation and an interpretive center for the National Park Service. The Trust also acquired ownership of the building from Contra Costa County.
  • Continued to operate and update the Rosie the Riveter Trust website and webstore.
  • Retained a consultant to prepare  a plan for the Visitor Center bookstore.
  • Participated in the Home Front Festival.
  • Prepared a curriculum plan for K12 schools.
  • Obtained a $150,000 Save America’s Treasure’s Grant for the Riggers Loft and retained a consultant to prepare a historic structures report.
  • Paid for a prototype wood window installation and testing at Atchison Village.


Please come to dinner with us and assure help fund projects for 2010-2011, including another Rosie’s Girls program in the summer of 2010.