Mariann Wynn is honored at Coleville-Sur-Mer, France by the President of the United States. June 6, 2019 08:50 22 Comments
Ferry Service to Richmond, Ca resumes. January 19, 2019 18:37 21 Comments
Photos by Alain McLoughlin (credit WETA)
MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR December 23, 2018 09:18 5 Comments
from all of the Richmond Rosies to you, and your family!!
THE ROSIES at the ROSIE RALLY 2018 September 14, 2018 21:52 10 Comments
In August, the Rosies attended the ROSIE RALLY in Richmond, CA.
(From Left to Right) Agnes, Marian Wynn, Kay Morrison, and Marian Sousa.
Missing are Mary Torres and Priscilla Elder. Priscilla passed away earlier this year but is in our hearts and memories always.
ROSIE RALLY 2018!!!! July 10, 2018 10:17
Once again, on August 11th, 2018
we will gather to celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world.
Join us from
11 am to 4 pm at this free and family-friendly event for fun, festivities, great
food, costume contests, dancing and more at the Craneway Pavilion.
This year, instead of breaking the Guinness record, we encourage everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways--or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet!
Saturday, August 11, 2018
11 am - 4 pm
The Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way S
Richmond, CA 94804
This year's event will honor original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrate the ordinary people from many backgrounds, ethnicities, and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges
Raphael Allen July 10, 2018 10:03 3 Comments
My great friend Raphael Allen, who assisted me and guided me so often in the making of The Richmond Rosies documentary passed away on May 01, 2018. I always looked forward to speaking with Raphael when I visited the center. He was extremely erudite, and knowledgeable with regard to the history of the Kaiser Shipyards, the struggle for Civil liberties and equality. And most importantly for me, a generous and warm soul who I will miss deeply. Thank you, Raphael for your presence and for all your insights. God speed my friend.
PRISCILLA ELDER MARCH 20, 1920 - JANUARY 07, 2018 January 9, 2018 18:36 5 Comments"It is with great sadness to let you know that our “Rosie” Priscilla Elder passed away last night at the age of 97. MARCH 20, 1920-JANUARY 07, 2018
BOB HINDS (97) passes away. January 7, 2018 11:59 3 Comments
While we’ve been focused on “Rosie” Priscilla and her failing health, heartbreak blindsided us from another.
I got word late last night that “Roger”/“Homefront Worker” Bob Hinds passed away unexpectedly a few days ago at the age of 97.
I am devastated to say the least.
Bob was a great representation of the Home Front Workers who not only worked for the War Effort during WW2 but was also a WW2 Veteran. He is part of the Greatest Generation.
Although a healthy young man at that time, he proved to be more useful on the Home Front by providing an occupation-based skill essential to production for the War Effort where his shipbuilding expertise was put to great use here in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Bob was born & raised in Berkeley in 1920 and he regaled us with stories of the Bay Area throughout his years, from before the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges were built to the time he witnessed a Russian ship anchoring in Richmond during WW2 solely manned by females. He always said he had a charmed life, starting with parents that helped him with his passion.
His first love was building boats and he built his first one at the age of 15. He built a cabin cruiser at the age of 19 and would sail it over from Berkeley to Treasure Island for the 1939 World’s Fair, tying it up during the day while enjoying the Fair and sleeping on it overnight.
From 1941-42 Bob helped build the launching ways at Moore’s Shipyards in Oakland before being hired on at Hunt’s Marine Service in Richmond right across from Kaiser Shipyard #1, working his way up from a boat builder to a supervisor at the ripe old age of 21.
Here, he oversaw the building and maintenance of 30-50 foot patrol boats, rescue crafts, and command boats, for the Army Transportation Service (ATS). He officially joined the ATS in 1943, first as a Tugboat Captain and then finished off his military service as a Fireboat Captain till the end of the war.
Bob would tell us of the immense activity on the waters of the Bay Area during WW2 but never enough to satisfy our curiosity.
After the war Bob continued his love of woodworking by buying an empty lot and building his own boat shop & store on the corner of 5th & University Ave in Berkeley.
He stayed in the business until fiberglass boats became all the rage which he refused to work with. Wood was his passion! He eventually sold the business and although the business itself is gone the building still stands, with Bob resisting bid after bid on his property saying he would never give up his building for anything.
Bob retired at the young age of 40, turning his attention to restoring old cars with the same meticulous care & attention he gave to everything else he worked on.
He met the love of his life, Helen, during the war and they married in 1946, raising their three children Jan, Gary and Tom, in Orinda in the house he built himself. They were married for 65 1/2 years until Helen’s passing in 2011. And not a day went by that he didn’t miss her, didn’t mention her to us, didn’t grieve for her and our only consolation as Bob has passed onto a new life is that he is now with Helen once again. ❤️
Although he was hard of hearing, his mind was sharp as a tack and he still could tell you the details of what he built, how he built it, what materials were best, etc that he did 70 + years ago during WW2 & throughout his life.
We will miss Bob SO much at the Rosie the Riveter WW2 Home Front NHP’s Visitor Center.
It will be hard to have to remember that he isn’t coming in anymore.
We are grateful to have known him for the short time that we did.
Love to you all 💕
ROSIE RALLY!!!!!! BE THERE! June 26, 2017 17:53
IT'S OFFICIAL A NEW WORLD RECORD!!! February 21, 2017 19:09 1 Comment
The Richmond Rosies capture the record again!
Rosies Special Matinees at Berkeley Rep for a WWII theater performance December 14, 2016 18:24 3 Comments
With Linda, Bob Hope's daughter!!
(Music and Movie night - Waikiki Beach
Gary Sinese and the Lt. Dan bandArmy Night - movie "From Here to Eternity
OUR ROSIES RECLAIM THE TITLE! August 28, 2016 11:26
By Karina Ioffee, email@example.com
On Saturday, Richmond again became the home of a world record -- the highest number of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter to gather in one place.
"I thought this would be a great way to honor her memory," Christopher said. Kevin Lazzini, 33, of San Jose, carried one of his daughters on his shoulders, both decked out in the required red bandannas, denim shirts, red socks and work boots. His parents, wife and other daughter also accompanied him to help make history, in the year that saw a woman become the first presidential nominee and women win dozens of medals at the Olympics.
"Rosie is an icon and someone who made important contributions to women's rights," Lazzini said.
Mary Torres at the Golden State Warriors Playoff Game August 28, 2016 11:19
Mary Torres arrives at the Golden State Warriors playoff game against Oklahoma.
Raising awareness and pride for The Richmond Rosies!
Not sure who were the fans and who were the "players" here! Mary exchanged signed hats, hugs, and the "We Can Do iT" salute with the players.
Broadcast on KQED May 20, 2016 15:36We did it! "The Richmond Rosies" documentary was aired on KQED San Francisco on March 27 at 7PM and again on KQED Life on March 20 at 6PM and then again on March 30, 2016.
Rosies are Honored March 22, 2016 09:00
E-News from Rosie the Riveter Trust
the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park
California Legislators welcome our Rosies to State Capitol to Usher In Women's History Month Celebration!
California state legislators welcomed eight former "Rosies" to the Capitol building in Sacramento on Monday, February 29th. Celebrating women's history, and the unique contributions that these women made through their wartime efforts, state senators and assembly members gave the Rosies some special shout-outs from the floor:
"We honor these extraordinary women, who have gone before us and opened doors and broken ceilings so that we as women today could be leaders just as they were leaders."
-Assemblymember Susan A. Bonilla
"Today I met Margaret Archie, who started out at the bottom of the ship and moved her way to the next part of the ship... she went to riveting school... and ended up buying her mother a house. Rosies remain significant because they symbolize the invaluable role that women in America have played."
-Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown.
"In Richmond, we have the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, in the city where many or our Rosies have served. I want to join with my colleagues, and thank [the Rosies] for their hard work for our country and to our community."
- Assemblymember Tony Thurmond
First Review is Published on Amazon March 22, 2016 09:00
By Linda R on August 9, 2015
"I happen to be related to one of the women in this movie and another Rosie who passed last year. The creator of this movie did a wonderful job compiling disparate materials into a loving, moving whole. From the stories I have been told by my two Rosies, this movie accurately portrays that period of time and the experiences of the Rosies and those involved with them. Deep respect, admiration, and affection for these amazing women comes through in the movie, and it is a true pleasure to watch. It is suitable for the whole family and would be great for classroom use. I highly recommend this gem."
I honestly don't know who Linda R is related to, but I am so very thankful that she liked the film and felt I did a decent job of portraying them in the positive light she describes. Thank you, Linda R!!!!
MARIAN WYNN remembers her mother December 22, 2015 19:10 2 Comments
"What a life ,without Dad , for 3 years . I was talking to a man last week , after I told my story , and he said , " I don't think I could have left my wife and kids for 3 years " . and I said ," You don't know what it was like to live through a depression ". I had been in the depression all my life . People don't understand how bad it really was ."
"...when I came to work in the shipyards . She stayed home and raised 9 children between the ages of 1 and 16 by herself; so Dad could come to Richmond to work in the shipyard in 1942 . I think that was quite heroic."
MARIAN WYNN remembering her mother Mary Parsons.
Photo of Marian's mother, Mary Parsons and Marian's brother, Donald Parsons in the spring of 1943 in Pine River, Minnesota.
Governor Brown signs EQUAL PAY bill December 22, 2015 00:02 5 Comments
Governor Jerry Brown signed the Equal Pay Bill into law on October 06, 2015 in Richmond, California.
The Richmond Rosies were all there. From left to right: Mary Torres, Kay Morrison, Agnes Moore, Marian Wynn, Priscilla Elder, Marion Sousa, and Phyllis Sousa.
Wages for welders were the same for men and women at the Kaiser Shipyards. But it wasn't the case for every job.
Nearly 70 years later, the Rosies witnessed the signing of a bill that should be passed on a national level.
PFC Donald Parsons October 10, 2015 07:26 22 Comments
Marian Wynn's brother, PFC. Donald Parsons, joined the service in 1942 while living in Pine River, MN. He served in the U.S.Army 35th Signal Construction Battalion, and died on July 28, 1944 while fighting in Normandy, France. He is buried in the Normandy - American cemetery in France and received the Purple Heart.
We thank him and remember him for his service and for making the ultimate sacrifice in helping to win WW II.
ROSIES Win the Day! October 10, 2015 07:13 3 Comments
The Rosies look alike event that took place on August 15, 2015 at the Rosie The Riveter Park in Richmond, California set a Guinness World record of 1,084. The previous record was 776 Rosie look-alikes; set in March, 2014 in Michigan. Once again, it's Richmond that leads the way! Way to go Ladies!!!!
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