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.
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.
|From the Greater Kanawha Valley, |
we are working to polish or expand:
An online photographic book by Rosies
Lesson plans to be put online
A second Rosie designed park
The bluebird for Rosies project
A second permanent display
Our film's length for PBS and meetings
Using Rosie's for PSAs
Naming "Rosie The Riveter" rooms
|Anne's Speech for Rosie the Riveter’s being Honored at WWII Memorial in Washington DC for V.J. Day|
|We are gaining national co-operation|
|Thanks! Plain and Simple designated the following as models for America:
Brunswick, MD - as the first Model Bluebird for Rosie City in America. Bluebirds represented hope through WWII and many places are planning to hang bluebird nest boxes with Rosies.
Charleston Gold Dome Lions Club - for exceptional work to volunteer, plan and working with Rosies.
Jay Wertz (Los Angeles) - for 5 years of work to develop our documentary film, to introduce us to others who advocate for Rosies and for general good advice.
The WV American Legion - for recognition of Rosies and their contribution to shortening WWII and "Bring our Boys Home."
Tim Wilson, veteran - for helping his city, Brunswick, MD, know the importance of Rosies and cooperate with "Thanks!" to help lay the foundation for a National Rosie the Riveter Movement.
|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.|
|Anne attended (by invitation) The Spirit of '45 annual event in San Diego to plan significant events in August to celebrate the end of WWII.|
|The Bureau of Senior Services duplicated our popular documentary film and copies went to all state schools, libraries and senior centers.|
|We have memos of understanding with (MOU) Lieutenant Colonel Ceryl John; the West Virginia Extension Service; Phillip Lester (project manager) The Charleston Gold Dome Lion's Club; The City of South Charleston; Boys State; Cara McWhorter; American Rosie the Riveter Association; The Rosie the Riveter National Historic Home Front (National Park Service);Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Steven Richards, Ph.D. (tourism) and others.|
|March 18, Washington DC. - Reception held by the Business and Professional Women's Foundation|
|April 7-10, Washington DC. - Visit Members of Congress and Washington-based organizations|
|May 1-25, Prepare to show work done to date (projects, collection etc.)|
|May 26, Memorial Day - Announce plans to launch a National Rosie the Riveter Movement|
|June - July - Follow up on work done and work with new communities that want to follow our lead|
|August - Help plan Spirit of '45 event at WWII Memorial where Anne will speak|
|A state building was named, “The Rosie the Riveter Building” – this is a first in America to be named for Rosies’ contributions|
|NBC's TODAY SHOW featured our West Virginia Rosie the Riveters|
|The Pullman Plaza Hotel donated 18’ wall for a permanent display of Rosies then and now, and the display was unveiled on May 22nd|
|Blenko Glass Company supervised a “faceted glass window” made by teens and young adults that depicts Rosies at work during the War|
|In various public meetings we presented that the Rosie the Riveter work by "Thanks!" is a whole program made up of several projects each of designed to be replicated and added to by many others in America. speech|
|Presentation on Martin Luther King Day by Gladys Reese, other Rosies, and Elvin Campbell, veteran.|
|Face-to-face interview of Elinor Otto, the 94 year old Rosie who is still riveting for Boeing Aircraft in CA.|
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