Home Front Festival by the Bay Celebrates Richmond’s World War II Heroes and the opening of the Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park Visitor Center

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6th Annual Event to be held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California on Saturday, October 13th. Free, family-friendly festival highlights Richmond’s significant role in the history of modern America

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This is a wonderful way to celebrate our home front heroes,” said Michelle Itagaki, Richmond CVB. “With the opening of the visitor center we can share the diverse stories of the home front. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular day by the bay.

On Saturday, October 13th, the 6th Annual Home Front Festival will be held at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. Celebrating Richmond’s vital role in the nation’s home front response to World War II, this year’s theme is “Rich in History - Defined by Diversity.” The festival illuminates the contributions of workers of all races and backgrounds who converged on Richmond from across the country to support the war’s many industrial efforts, including the Kaiser Shipyards. Festival hours are 11am to 5pm and admission is free.

This year the festival has a new attraction: the Visitor Education Center for the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park opened this spring, next door to the festival site. The Center’s exhibits tell the stories of the unprecedented scale of industrial production and social change that altered the nation during the war years, and of the men and women who made it possible. Festival highlights include tours of the USS Potomac (Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Yacht), live music, food and beverage vendors, games for kids, a YMCA Home Front 5K/10K Fun Run/Walk, Kiwanis Classic Car Show, and rides on San Francisco Duck Tours’ land and water duck boats ($12 per ticket for Duck Tours).

“The Home Front Festival is a wonderful way to come together to celebrate our rich heritage and our home front heroes,” said Michelle Itagaki, Executive Director of the Richmond Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With the opening of the visitor center, we have an even greater platform for sharing the diverse stories of the home front. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular day by the bay, with fun and inspirational activities for people of all ages and interests.”

Members of the Ironworkers Union Local 378 will give a “riveting demonstration” of the metal fastening work that made Rosie the Riveter an icon (riveting is becoming a lost art, as today’s ironworkers use newer techniques in standard practice). A collection of personal letters from the war years will be on display at the Center, and visitors will have the opportunity to pen notes of appreciation to servicemembers currently deployed overseas. The notes will be included in monthly care packages sent to troops by the nonprofit group Their Angels.

The Festival is presented by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the City of Richmond and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

What: 6th Annual Home Front Festival by the Bay
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA 94804
Where to stay: visit http://www.VisitRichmondCa.com/stay.htm for a list of lodging in the area
Admission: Free

On Friday, October 12th, a Rosie the Riveter 1940′s USO Dance will be held from 6pm to 10pm at the Craneway Pavilion. Tickets go on sale August 16th, $20 advance, $25 at door (seniors $15 advance, $20 at door), and free to military servicemembers in uniform or with ID.

For more information, please visit http://www.VisitRichmondCa.com.

About the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park:
Established as part of the national park system in 2000, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, tells the story of our nation’s World War II home front. It is a story of women and men stepping forward, moving their families, and changing their lives to learn new skills, embrace challenges, and confront inequities. Richmond was chosen as the site for this national park because it has so many surviving sites and structures that can help tell the diverse stories of the home front.

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