Come one, come all! Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park wants YOU to help break the Guiness World Record for largest crowd of people dressed up as Rosie the Riveter. History buffs, costume lovers, and coveralls aficionados are all encouraged to join us in Richmond, California for the exciting tribute to an American icon.
The event will take place on August 15th from 1-3 at the corner of Regatta Boulevard and Melville Square. For more information, including costume details, visit the official website here.
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is hosting this event and many others to encourage understanding of America's role in the second world war. As it is situated in Richmond, California, one of the many ship-building sites in the Bay Area during the war, it tells as much national history as stories of local pride. Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon that shows the significance of women's economic power, but the National Historical Park takes a deeper dive into the role that WWII had in shaping our nation's trajectory.
In particular, the nationalism that cropped up during WWII had many ramifications on the trajectory of American identity and culture. Most of which were not as widely embraced as Rosie the Riveter. In particular, the internment of Japanese Americans during the war upheld narrow interpretations of what the limits of citizenship meant for different groups of Americans. Learn more about Japanese American internment during WWII at Rosie the Riveter.
Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is a particularly important steward of cultural and natural resources for the Bay Area and the US precisely because it tells stories of the breadth of US involvement in WWII. Not all aspects of US involvement in WWII are as iconic and lauded as Rosie the Riveter, but that's exactly the reason why learning about them at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is important.
To learn more, visit the National Historical Park in Richmond, or explore its online content here.