May 27, 2014

World War II Home Front national park welcomes crowd to new galleries

Kaiser Permanente's birthplace in Richmond

wartime shipyards noted in historical exhibit

b-24 bomber replica
A replica of a B-24 bomber fuselage surrounds exhibits about the Rosies who built them at Home Front sites across the country during World War II.
Congressman George Miller III
U. S. Congressman George Miller III speaks to the crowd assembled for the rededication ceremony. A corps of Richmond's Rosies populated most of the front row. Miller was instrumental in getting the former Kaiser Richmond shipyards designated as a national park in 2000.
Sarah Calderon  and Javier Ochoa Reyes
Colleagues Sarah Calderon, at left, and Javier Ochoa Reyes of Groundwork Richmond pose before the exhibit that discusses how World War II has affected American society for the past seven decades. Groundwork Richmond is a nonprofit group that works to improve the environment of Richmond neighborhoods.
Ione Mad Plume
Ione Mad Plume of the Pikuni People offered the blessing of the rededicated visitor center at the Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, last Saturday.
Richmond segment of the SF Bay Trail
Part of the Richmond segment of the 355-mile SF Bay Trail as seen from the national park. A jogger passes through the park while a ranger gives visitors a tour.
people gathered for celebration
Saturday's event also celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the San Francisco Bay Trail, which runs through the Rosie park in Richmond.
two ladies standing in front of national park sign
Kay Morrison, at left, and a friend stand beneath the sign welcoming visitors to the national park.
Mary Torres sitting next to statue of a Rosie
Real live Rosie Mary Torres, obviously enjoying the celebration, takes a seat next to a model Rosie sitting in a wartime cafe.
Ione Mad Plume
Ione Mad Plume and her tribal regalia up close.
A piece of the depiction of Richmond's main street, Macdonald Avenue. The large mural is part of the new, permanent exhibits at the visitor center.
A young woman carefully reads the exhibit text explaining women's role in the war effort and how women have improved their status in the workplace in the ensuing years.
Eleth "Frankie" Franklin with her daughter Barbara Fanucchi at the celebration. Frankie went to work as a welder at Marinship Corporation in Sausalito in 1942 at the age of 17.
One of the new exhibits in the Rosie the Riveter visitors center: Rosie takes a break for lunch. Photo by Ginny McPartland