This Sunday! Rosie Riveter National Park in Richmond, Ca
In the SF Bay Area? Visit Rosie Riveter/World War II Homefront National Park this Sunday afternoon, Oct 28. It’s a wandery spot, so here are the definitive times to meet: 12:30 Rosie Memorial, 2:00 SS Red Oak Victory Ship ($5 tour donation).
I discovered this park while doing research for the War Stories Genealogy Carnival. Glad to discover it before a trip to the Bay Area.
The link to the Upcoming site has all the deets, links and way to RSVP (Upcoming uses a Yahoo sign-in). I’ll be in Bay Area for the Oral History Association conference, and will inviting people from the conference, as well as having invited some Bay Area web and software developers in the personal history/digital storytelling realm.
My mother has been told that she has only a few months to live. She worked for Douglas Aircraft during World War II, building SBD’s. Is there a local oral history project where she can tell her story before it’s gone?
I see you are from Southern California. (as am I, tho it’s a busy summer for me)
I have a few ideas. I’ll also contact you by the email address you provided here to see about directly putting you in touch with resources.
Did she work at the Long Beach plant or the Santa Monica plant? Do you want to interview her yourself or find someone to interview her? (There’ll be an interview training at Torrance Library on Saturday July 7. I’ll be giving training. The project is geared toward getting Veterans History Project-style interviews, as a homefront worker, your mother qualifies.
Info on the project: http://www.torranceca.gov/Library/5504.htm
Since you’re in OC, there’s also Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Oral and Public History. http://coph.fullerton.edu/
The Torrance Veterans project is ongoing this summer, which better fits your need to immediately capture your mother’s memories.
Hope this helps, and I wish you, your mother, and your family well during these days, weeks and months.