The WWII Home Front Quilts Project is a collaboration of San Francisco Bay Area quilt enthusiasts, arts organizations, museums, and historical associations, The Rosie the Riveter Trust, and National Park Service staff and volunteers. The response to the first call for quilts depicting themes from the American WWII Home Front was so strong that the Project issued a second call. A total of 45 quilts were chosen by jury, and are exhibited on this website in our online gallery.
The WWII Home Front theme was chosen to promote interest in the new NPS Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located in Richmond, California. The Park Visitor Education Center is located next to the Craneway Pavilion and the historic Ford Building, which played a significant role in WWII.
The quilts were initially exhibited at the Craneway Pavilion in March 2014, during Voices in Cloth, the Bay Area’s premier quilt show produced biennially by the East Bay Heritage Quilters. The spectacular Craneway Pavilion in the Marina District of Richmond, California, was a fitting location for the exhibit’s debut. During WWII, this historic building produced tanks and jeeps, and it is now part of the new Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
The quilts then moved to the Richmond Museum of History. Originally scheduled for April 5 to June 6, 2014, the exhibit was held over through June 29.
All 45 quilts were shown at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park from August 30 through the end of December, 2014.
From January 24 to April 4, 2015, the exhibit was shown at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. The museum will host a Meet the Artists reception on February 28th, from 2-4 pm.
June 24 through September 5, 2015, the exhibit was shown at Clarke Historical Museum in Eureka. The exhibit coordinates with Eureka’s downtown Fourth of July festivities and the Redwood Empire Quilter’s Guild annual show, July 18 – 19.
Additional venues are pending. We think you’ll be engaged by the 2014 Challenge quilts and will want to know more about this influential period, which continues to impact life in America today.
WWII Home Front Quilts 2014 Challenge, P.O. Box 70847, Richmond CA 94807
WWII Home Front Quilts Project Volunteers and Supporters
The WWII Home Front Quilts Project is a collaboration bringing together Bay Area quilt enthusiasts, arts organizations, museums, and historical associations. The following organizations, groups, and individuals are assisting the Project:
Jennie Alexich, Coordinator, WWII Home Front Quilts Project
Jane Bartke, El Cerrito Historical Association
Inez Brooks-Myers, Textiles Curator, Exhibition Consultant
Susan Calico, Technical Consultant, WWII Home Front Quilts Project
Rosemary Corbin, Coordinator, WWII Home Front Quilts Project
Sandi Genser-Maack, Board Member, Richmond Museum of History
Diane Hedler, President, Rosie the Riveter Trust
Jim Kern, Executive Director, Vallejo Navigational & Historical Museum
Beverly Lane, Board Member, Contra Costa Historical Society
Betsy Livak, Technical Consultant, WWII Home Front Quilts Project
Marsha Mather-Thrift, Rosie the Riveter Trust
Sharon May, East Bay Heritage Quilters
Melinda McCrary, Director, Richmond Museum of History
Lynn Richards, East Bay Heritage Quilters
Michele Seville, Arts Coordinator, City of Richmond, CA
Marie Strait, President, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
Voices in Cloth 2014 Planning Committee, East Bay Heritage Quilters
Susan Wittenberg, Board Member, The Richmond Arts Center
Special thanks to Head Ranger Elizabeth Tucker and National Park Service staff, docents, and volunteers at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
We welcome new supporters, and expect additions to this list from time to time.