Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau Hosts Annual American Rosie the Riveter Conference
Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau Hosts Annual American Rosie the Riveter Conference June 12 – 14
Historic conclave kicks off city-wide events offered throughout summer
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9 June 2015 — Richmond, CA: Strong women know the truth: World War II was also fought and won on the home front — the Richmond, California waterfront. Rivet it, and they will come might be the theme of festivities this week, when from Friday, June 12- Sunday, June 14, the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.visitrichmondca.com) hosts the American Rosie the Riveter Conference. The annual gathering of historic women and their families will take place at various locations throughout Richmond including the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park and Craneway Pavilion at historic Ford Point. The Courtyard by Marriott Richmond-Berkeley is the headquarters hotel for the event with Ultimate Inner Cook providing catering.
“This is such a wonderful opportunity for the Rosies and their families and to showcase Richmond. They are able to visit the park that celebrates their contributions during WWII that helped secure our freedom,” said Beth Javens, Executive Director at Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Javens points out that the “reigning ranger” of the National Park Service Rosie the Riveter Museum in Richmond, 93-year old Betty Reid-Soskin, was recently featured on The Today Show and other news and entertainment outlets including coverage of Rosies’ visit with President Obama and Vice-President Biden at the White House in 2014. Reid-Soskin is the oldest ranger with the National Park Service.
A combined “Rosie Meet and Greet” with American Rosie the Riveter Members and Richmond’s Rosies has been created on Friday June 12 from 10am-12pm and 2pm-3pm for visitors as well as interviews with members of the national group on Saturday June 13th from 11:30pm-3:00pm. The conference concludes Sunday morning following a traditional memorial service.
More city-wide summer events in Richmond: In addition to the conference there are several events taking place throughout the city in June and July:
The Point Richmond Music Series starts its 14th season, Friday June 12
The KPFA Summer Art Fair at the Craneway Pavilion, Saturday & Sunday June 20 and 21, coincides with the Marina Bay Half Marathon on June 21.
Richmond celebrates Juneteenth on Saturday, June 20 at Nicholl Park in downtown Richmond.
A full breakfast of eggs, meats and pancakes onboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory marks the annual “Dads and Grads” Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 21. Independence Day weekend is marked by a performance with the Oakland East Bay Symphony on Friday, July 3 at Craneway Pavilion.
“There is so much that wonderful about Richmond, especially the incredible beauty and accessibility of our waterfront,” said Javens. “These summer events are the perfect opportunity to discover Richmond and discover how we are poised for the present. ” Established as a 501c-6 tourism business improvement district established in 2004, the Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau is the destination marketing organization for the City of Richmond, California.