UC Project Seeks Albany, El Cerrito Residents for Home Front Interviews

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A decade-long oral history project focused on those with home front experiences during World War II has put out a call for Bay Area residents with stories to share.

"We're looking for anyone who may have had unique or interesting experiences," said Sam Redman of Albany, lead interviewer of the Rosie the Riveter / WWII American Homefront Project. "What may have been seemingly mundane, like maintaining a victory garden, participating in war bond drives or going to work each day and eating lunch ... can be interesting to learn about."

The project, based in the Regional Oral History Office at the University of California's Bancroft Library, began in 2001 with a focus on "Rosie the Riveter," who represented the American women who worked in factories during World War II.

The effort, a collaboration with the City of Richmond and the National Park Service, currently includes about 130 interviews and could one day grow to closer to 500....

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