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Nancy Sipple, Rosie the Riveter
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.
H. "Woody" Williams, Medal of Honor Recipient
and board member for Thanks! Plain and Simple
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.
|Dec 24 NBC's TODAY SHOW aired our West Virginia Rosie the Riveters|
|Rosies have written a poem to go inside packets of Marbles for Remembering. When loved ones are forced to separate - deploying military, students leaving home for the first time, and others - each of you keeps a marble, and when you reunite, you "bring the red, white and blue together again.|
|Coming Soon: Details of the May Event to name the first state-owned building in America, "The Rosie the Riveter Building."|
|The first state building in America to be called "The Rosie the Riveter Building." We expect to have the third Allied Nation to thank American Rosies for their contributions during WWII (the first were Belgium and Britain - see our website).|
|A monument to be put in the center of first Rosie the Riveter Community Park in America, which opened last Memorial Day.|
|A CD of original Rosie the Riveter music.|
|Duplication of our highly reviewed documentary film, with copies to go to all state schools, libraries and senior centers.|
|Continued work with communities in MD, SC, OH and MI to use the tolls we have created to share with America.|
|Jul 4 Breaking ground on the second model Rosie the Riveter Community Park, in Martinsburg, with Rosies in several states participating in design and decisions. The opening of this park, we also expect to announce many more partners and the launch of a National Rosie the Riveter Movement.|
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