Tag Archives: world war II

The Oishi family nursery in Richmond, seen here in an undated pre-war photo. The Oishis were one of 20 Japanese-American flower growing families in Richmond. Photo courtesy the El Cerrito Historical Society and the Oishi family.

Richmond residents commemorate anniversary of Japanese American incarceration order

Executive Order 9066, which cleared the way for the incarceration (or “internment”) of Japanese Americans during World War II, may have been signed 75 years ago, but Flora Ninomiya sees eerie parallels with the modern...
President Obama greeting Betty Soskin at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony at the White House (courtesy of The National Park Service)

Richmond’s Living Legends

“Rosie the Riveter” is the iconic symbol of female independence and strength, celebrating the female workers who played a pivotal role in World War II shipbuilding. The museum, operated by the National Park Service, features...
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The historical uniqueness of a city in transformation

Richmond is a record breaker. Known for many years to host the largest oil refinery in the country and as the most productive World War II shipyard, Richmond also once hosted the biggest winery in...
Author Elizabeth Escobedo signs copies of her book "From Coveralls to Zoot Suits" before leaving the museum. (Photo by Faviola Leyva)

Colorado professor comes to Richmond to discuss the lives of Mexican American women during World War II

Roughly 40 people filled up the theater at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park’s visitor center on Saturday morning to meet Elizabeth Escobedo, author of From Coverall to Zoot Suits: The Lives...
An advertisement from the Nov. 16, 1959 edition of the Richmond Independent advises readers to "rest assured" with Greyhound buses. In the 55 years since then, Richmond's middle class has lost buying power amid drastic changes in the city.

Retrospective: Archives show difficult road for Richmond middle class

As Richmond prepared to enter the 1960s, the city was about to encounter an era of rapid change. In November of 1959, readers opened the pages of the city’s daily newspaper, the Richmond Independent, to...
Betty Reid Soskin, park ranger at Richmond's Rosie the Riveter, became famous during the government shutdown.  (Photo by Nancy DeVille)

Popular ranger draws crowds to Richmond national park

Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park has been doing brisk business thanks to one of its employee’s international exposure during the 16-day shutdown of the federal government. Visitors are coming...
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Richmond National Park visitor center to open Saturday

Since it was established in 2000, the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park has been a local gem that preserves the city’s legacy as a booming shipping hub during the war years. But...