F.A.Q. - Rosies
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a registry of war-time Rosies?
No, there is no registry of Rosies. If the company the Rosie worked for is still in business, they should have a record/information on the person. Please note that because there is no official “registry” of Rosies, we cannot verify your relative’s employment status.
Can you help me with my history research questions?
Rosie the Riveter Trust is a small nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fundraising for educational programs and for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond CA. We do not operate an archive, manage a collection of historic objects or have a historian on staff. We encourage you to contact the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park museum staff for questions specific to their collection focus.
Who was the original model for the “We Can Do It!” poster?
“We Can Do It!” is an American wartime propaganda poster produced by J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric. The short answer: historians don’t know for certain!
I want to use the “We Can Do It!” image on my product. Do I need your permission?
No. We do not own the rights to the classic Rosie the Riveter image with the polka-dot bandana and the ‘We Can Do It!’ slogan (also known as the ‘Westinghouse Poster’). You are free to use and modify as you’d like. The copyright has expired and the image is in the public domain.
The “Rosie the Riveter” painting by Norman Rockwell, published as a magazine cover for the Saturday Evening Post in 1943, is under copyright held by Mr. Rockwell’s estate. We don’t have any rights or permissions to use this image. Interested parties should contact the Norman Rockwell Museum.
I want to use the image of an African-American Rosie under the words “We Did It!” for my product. How can I do this?
That image was created by local artist Richard Black and licensed under strict conditions to the Park. No one else is authorized to use it. Please do check out the great products using this image, available in our gift shop!
I/my relative submitted a story or artifact to the Park’s collections. Now I’m coming to visit. Can the Park display my submission while I’m there?
Unfortunately, the Park does not have the capacity to rotate exhibited items in accordance with guests’ visits. If you have additional questions about this, contact the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
I want to interview Ranger Betty Soskin, or ask her to attend my event:
Thank you! All speaking requests for Ranger Soskin are handled by the Park’s Chief of Interpretation, Kelli English. Please contact her via email at: email@example.com.
I want to interview the Rosie docents, an original “Rosie” or ask them to attend my event.
Thank you! All speaking requests for the Rosies are handled by the Visitor Center’s Lead Ranger, Kathryn Daskal. Please contact her via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would you send my organization a silent auction donation?
Rosie the Riveter Trust provides silent auction item donations to other 501c3 organizations. Our standard donation is a membership, Rosie baseball cap, plastic Rosie water bottle, Rosie refrigerator magnet, and a set of Rosie notecards.
Would you send my organization a monetary donation?
The sole mission of Rosie the Riveter Trust is to raise funds to support the programs of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. We do not make donations to other organizations under any circumstances.
Would you advertise my organization’s event to your channels?
No. The sole mission of Rosie the Riveter Trust is to support the programs of the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. We have a very tight and carefully planned communications calendar, and out of respect for our constituents, cannot add mailings or e-sends to promote other groups. We do however cross-promote some local events and events from our community partners on a case-by-case basis.
I want to be removed from your mailing list.
Please send an email request to email@example.com and we will be happy to remove you from our mailing list.
I want to donate (or sell) something to the Park’s museum collection.
Please contact the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park museum staff at 510-232-5050.
I want to sell something in the Visitor Center Gift Shop.
Thank you for your interest! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your product (i.e. pricing, where it is made, etc.) and your email will be forwarded to the correct person. If it is an item that we are interested in, we will let you know; we have a slow approval process so please be patient.
I have a question about home front or World War II history.
Please contact the Visitor Education Center with this great question. The Park staff is very knowledgeable about the history of the U.S. Home Front! 510-232-5050 x0
I’m a journalist who would like to interview someone at the Trust.
Please contact the Executive Director, Sarah Pritchard email@example.com