Join Boston National Historical Park for a two-day extravaganza celebrating the role of women workers at the Charlestown Navy Yard and the Centennial of the National Park Service! Thousands of women worked in the Navy Yard during World War II. They fulfilled roles from painters to welders, and riveters to sheet metal workers. On the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, come celebrate the work of these women with music, swing dancing, special tours and talks, and activities for the whole family!
Ongoing Activities: Hands on History: Make your own rope, rivet a ribbon bracelet, make your own work badge, SWON coloring book, and a “We Can Do It!” selfie booth.
Walk with a Ranger: Explore the Navy Yard, with a focus on the women workers of WWII.
Rosie’s Legacy: Join our panelists in an exploration of how working women changed the Boston Navy Yard during World War II and what it means to us today.
DD-793 USS Cassin Young: Explore the ship using the park’s brand new app, releasing on the 26th, or join a ranger guided tour.
Special Events on Friday, August 26: Tires & Treads: All day in the Yard take a look at some vintage World War II military vehicles.
Rhythm in Blue: 1 p.m. Come listen to the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band
1:00 p.m. Animating the War Effort by Christina Knopf, SUNY
2:30 p.m. Lowell: The Home Front and War Productionby Jack Herlihy, Museum Specialist, Lowell NHP
3:00 p.m. Tracy Rimes, TLC Windows
3:30 p.m. Julia Wagner, St. Michael’s College
4:00 p.m. SWON: Shipbuilding Women of the Navy by Ranger Polly Kienle
4:30 p.m. Rosie’s Legacy Join our panelists in an exploration of how working women changed the Boston Navy Yard during World War II and what this means to us today
Movie Night: Bring a blanket and find a spot on the Commandant’s House lawn and enjoy the 1949 classic movie On the Town. 7:30 p.m
Special Events on Saturday, August 27: History Talks:
1 p.m. Rosie the Riveter: Women Working on the Home Front in World War II by Author Penny Colman
2 p.m. Where the Action Was: Women Correspondents of World War II by Author Penny Coleman
3 p.m. SWON: Shipbuilding Women of the Navy by Ranger Polly Kienle
4 p.m. Animating the War Effort by Christina Knopf, SUNY
Swing Dance Demonstrations:Come watch the Boston Lindy Bomb Squad dance the day away on Pier 1.
Swing Dance: Put on your best dress or zoot suit and dance the night away with the Tin Pan Band. Dance lessons start at 6:30 p.m. Dance at 7 p.m.