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.

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 7 decades.

A replica of a B-24 bomber.
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 speaking to a crowd.
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 pose before an exibit at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front musem.

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 7 decades. Groundwork Richmond is a nonprofit group that works to improve the environment of Richmond neighborhoods.

Ione Mad Plume of the Pikuni People in ceremonial garb.
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.
A man jogging on the 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 at the Rosie park in Richmond.
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 smiling senior women posing 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 in Native American tribal regalia smiles into the camera.
Ione Mad Plume and her tribal regalia up close.
A painting depicting MacDonald Avenue in Richmond, California, in the 1940s.
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 woman carefully reads the exhibit text explaining women's role in the war effort.

A 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 Franklin in a wheelchair with her daughter Barbara Fanucchi standing behind her.
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.
Exhibit in the Rosie the Riveter visitors center: Rosie takes a break for lunch.

One of the new exhibits in the Rosie the Riveter visitors center: Rosie takes a break for lunch.


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