Rosie the Riveter National Park, East Bay SF

Driving around the East Bay, I kept seeing signs for Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park [1414 Harbour Way S #3000, Richmond, CA 94804]. Phewww, that’s a mouthful, but I love WWII history so I was intrigued.

The site helps explain the world of American civilians, with an emphasis on women, during the war on the home front through interactive exhibits, great for kids and informational for adults.

Rosie isn’t just one woman, she symbolizes all who worked while the men were away at war. This was a very new way of life for most women and one panel predicted their future in the work force.

I love the period propaganda and I was surprised to learn (though I should have known looking back) that the common Rosie poster was made by none other than Norman Rockwell.

There are many interesting facts to learn and it was great how they were tied in with the local area. The exhibit isn’t too large, but you can spend at least an hour looking through and there is a movie downstairs to add to the experience. Outside there is a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and city skyline, it is free of charge to visit.

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