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Rosies Invade the Yard – A Celebration of the Shipbuilding Women of the Navy

August 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - August 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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Every year until August 11, 2019
| Free

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Join us for a two-day extravaganza celebrating the role of women workers at the Charlestown Navy Yard!

Thousands of women worked at the Charlestown Navy Yard during World War II. The Yard's newspaper called them SWONs: the Shipbuilding Women of the Navy. They fulfilled roles from painters to welders, and riveters to sheet metal workers. Their efforts played a critical role in the outcome of the war and left a lasting mark on American history. Come join us in remembering and celebrating the work of these Shipbuilding Women of the Navy!

The 2018 event schedule is still in progress. As events, performances, and activities are confirmed they will be posted here. Please check back soon!

Swing, Music, & Dance
SWING THE NIGHT AWAY!

Saturday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm- Music & Dance Tent
As the sun begins to set on the Charlestown Navy Yard, join Boston Swing Central and The Easy Winners to swing the night away!
THE MOOD SWINGS ORCHESTRA

Sunday, 1:00 and 2:30 pm - Music & Dance Tent
Enjoy the swinging tunes of The Mood Swings Orchestra, an all female big band. Since 2003 the Mood Swings have been delighting audiences with their repertoire of swing music from the 1930s and beyond.
ACCIDENTAL CHARM

Saturday, 12 and 1:30 pm - Music & Dance Tent
Accidental Charm is a women's vocal quartet singing contemporary 4-part a capella harmony in the barbershop style!
SOUNDSCAPE

Saturday, 12 and 1:30 pm - Music & Dance Tent
Sharing the magic of 4-part a capella harmony since 2007.

A Collage of five photographs. Left top: Boy sits in jeep. Left bottom: Girl colors at table. Center: Woman ties red bandanna on child. Top right: children at easels. Bottom right: Costumed workers at jeep.
Hands-on History:
HANDS ON HISTORY TENT

Saturday & Sunday - 1 pm - 5 pm
Do you think you would have made a good Navy Yard employee in World War II? Try your hand making a worker badge, twisting rope, riveting, and more! Explore activities and games for little hands and the young at heart!
Don’t forget to strike your best Rosie pose in front of the “We Can Do It” selfie station!

Woman flexing her right arm against a yellow background with a speech bubble reading "We Can Do It!"
Ships & SWONs:
Tours and Special Exhibits

ROSIE ROLL CALL

Saturday and Sunday, 9 am - 6 pm
Navy Yard Visitor Center
A new exhibit that shares the role, accomplishments, and personal memories of the over 8,000 women who lent a hand in the national war effort here at the Navy Yard during World War II.
ROSIE’S NAVY YARD

Saturday and Sunday, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm - 60 minute ranger-led tours. Tours begin at the flag pole on Pier 1
Over 8,000 women joined the workforce at the Boston Naval Shipyard to help win World War II. Join this free walking tour to explore their stories.
VEHICLES FOR VICTORY

Saturday and Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm - Pier 1 and 1st Avenue Come explore the different kinds of vehicles that were transported by Landing Ship, Tanks (LSTs). The men and women at this Navy Yard built 44 LSTs during World War II.
VISIT USS CASSIN YOUNG

10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Explore the main deck of this World War II Fletcher-class Destroyer! Look for SWON stations and learn about the vital role women played in building these ships. During World War II, over 80 destroyers and destroyer escorts were built by this Navy Yard.
USS CASSIN YOUNG GUIDED TOURS

Times to be announced - 45 minute ranger-led tour.
See how these ships were built and learn about the men who served on board. FREE tickets are available first-come, first-served, aboard the ship. Visitors must be over 42” in height to participate in this tour. *Note: Ship activities may be canceled or modified due to weather and/or tidal conditions.

Details

Start:
August 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am
End:
August 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Special Initiatives:
Rosie the Riveter Rally

Participating Group Types:
Veterans Groups, Hospital/Hospice, Re-Enactors, Museum/Historical Society, Swing Band/Dancers, Vintage Vehicles, JROTC/Youth Cadets, Military Units/Representatives, Scouts (Boy/Girl/Cub), Other Youth Groups

Activities:
Homefront tribute, Exhibits/Displays

Event Website:
https://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/rosies_weekend.htm

Organizer

National Park Service
Phone:
(617) 242-5601
Organizer Website:
https://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/rosies_weekend.htm

Venue

Charlestown Navy Yard
114 16th Street, Boston, MA 02129 United States
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Phone:
(617) 242-5601
Venue Website:
https://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/rosies_weekend.htm

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