Do your part to help America to know, honor and work with Rosie the Riveters
Nancy Sipple, Rosie the Riveter
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To create projects in West Virginia that need to be done in America and more widely, and to do these projects so well that many people will be inspired to replicate, adapt and add to the work. These model projects will allow people to unify in their communities, in America and in the world. When possible, we also guide veterans to contribute to these projects. Our underlying belief is that people will do more good when they see how to start participating in something they believe is worthwhile.
The West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project is a model for Americans who want to honor and educate with women who worked “on the home front” during World War II. Rosies are about 90 years old today, and there is very little time to learn from them, so we have created many ways for communities to easily work with Rosies.
Over three years, we have proven that educating about Rosie the Riveters has a far more dramatic impact on youth, adults, Rosies, and communities when Rosies are included to: a) educate about themselves, b) help communities create replicable projects to teach about Rosies (e.g create parks, DVD/CD of interviews), and c) preserve their histories.
We have created more than 20 ways for Rosies and others to educate, including original music, a documentary film, quilts by Rosies, historic visits by Allied Nations, and parks that tell the Rosie story.
In March, 2012, The Today Show taped 50 Rosies in Charleston, WV.
Our work helps America seize this brief moment in America to work with our Rosies for lasting, meaningful education. Let us know if you want to learn from us or help.
Long-term, we hope to advance that women will play new, positive roles in our changing world.
|We’re helping community and national leaders participate in a movement to assure that Rosies’ legacy is part of America’s identity and consciousness. International awareness of the importance of Rosie to the free world and to using the strengths of women is helping Americans see the value in these women who are usually in their 90s and fading fast.|
Let us know if you want to be part of this important, far past-due recognition of Rosies.
|Completing an online photographic book by Rosies|
|Lesson plans to be put online|
|Another Rosie designed park|
|The Bluebird for Rosies Project|
|Another permanent display of art and photos|
|Naming another room, road, building, bridge, “The Rosie the Riveter”|
|Public service announcements made by Rosies|
|Getting letters written to and from Rosies|
|Helping the National Liberation Museum to continue educating about Rosies|
|Creating or performing Rosie music|
|Creating and showing Rosie art|
|Finding funding for an animated short film|
|People of the Netherlands partnered with us to honor Rosies at:|
--The Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington on May 2
--The National Liberation Museum 1944-45, Groesbeek, Netherlands on May 6-9
--Arlington Cemetery where Rosies meet the King and Queen of the Netherlands on June 1
|We gave another award for model work with Rosies to: Hugo Keesing, Ph.D., Columbia, MD|
|West Virginia University hosted Rosies on March 31|
|We have a proposal for a short animated film by artist, Sally Steanko, of Rosie, Crena Anderson|
|The KY Dept. of Education is working with us to make a poster for women in technical training|
|Carlisle, PA Middle School students finished their project featuring Rosie, Mozelle Brown|
|A dozen people who care that Rosies’ legacy will meet near on in Washington on July 16 to discuss their role in a Rosie the Riveter Movement|
|Media coverage includes Voice of America, the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Dominion Post, the Hagerstown Daily Mail, The Charleston Gazette, National Public Radio (of the Netherlands).|
|College students will help set up a model for college students in America to “know a Rosie and keep America’s promise.” Stay tuned for photos and more.|
|Kelly Wier, a WVU senior and Communications Studies intern, will upgrade our Facebook (photos are welcome for consideration) facebook.com/ThanksPlainandSimple|
|September 7th Two Rosies to attend Labor Day Fund Raiser for the Martinsburg Parks and Recreation.|
|September 8th Five Rosies to be honored by the Eastern Panhandle Central Labor Committee (from PA, MD and WV) in Martinsburg.|
|September 9th Captain Bill Bonnett (retired), a board member will visit the World War II Museum in New Orleans.|
|September 22nd We will interview a Rosie by teleconference to train and educate others in how to interview a Rosie (let us know if you would like to listen in).|
|September 24th Buddie Curnutte, a veteran and a Rosie, will attend a presentation of U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert A. McDonald.|
|September 30th? WVU Radio (U92) will interview Anna Hess, A Rosie who made truck tires in Akron and who went with “Thanks!” to the Netherlands in May.|
|October 8th? Philadelphia Rosie and “Thanks!” will present. Date at place TBD.|
|October 25th? Interviews of Rosies, transcriptions and relevant other information will be sent to at least 10 national and international archives or museums.|
|November 6th Service Learning Students will speak on video to American college students about their experience in knowing, interviewing and promoting the National Rosie and the Rosie the Riveter Movement.|
|November 8th Brunswich, MD parade with Rosies and a vintage auto.|
|November 10th Spring Hills High School, Martinsburg.|
|November 11th (Veterans Day). Bridge named Rosie the Riveter Memorial Bridge will be celebrated, Rosies and Veterans will be in the parade, and an elementary school in Charleston will plant tulips to show appreciation for the Netherlands’ very special recognition of Rosies this year.|
|November 19th Rosies will present at WV Culture and History Library.|
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