World Record Rosies!
World Record Rosies!
Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Ford Highland Park Factory (parking at 91 Manchester St, Highland Park, MI 48203 in front of the Forman Mills clothing store)
Do you want to celebrate history and break a world record? Do you love Detroit, Women War Workers, and getting dressed up? Then grab your bright red socks because we have a day in store for you! The Yankee Air Museum is hosting a attempt to reclaim the Guinness World Record for most tributie Rosie the Riveters. Together we will bring the World Record back to the Arsenal of Democracy, and show our support for the renovation of Rosie’s WWII-era factory, the Willow Run Bomber Plant. This event is sponsored by Yankee and you can go for FREE (http://yankeeairmuseum.org/rosie-world-record/). But, because we want to guarantee Detroit is well represented we are making it extra easy for you to attend, build comradery, and even get your uniform. For 40 bucks a person (approximately a week's salary for a Woman War Worker) we will provide your transportation to and from the event along with some fun and games, a custom made Detroit Rosie button, Detroit themed snacks, and of course full hair and makeup support. We will meet at the Ford Highland Park Factory where we will don our uniforms, our team will roll your hair into victory curls, slap on some red lipstick, tie up your polka dot bandana, pin on your amazing Detroit Rosie button, and take a large group photo in front of the factory where so many Detroit Rosies worked. Then we will board the buses (that’s right - buses- we are taking two! 108 Rosies!) to head out to Ypsilanti. To make sure you're prepared we’ll even practice (in our godawful singing voices) James Kay Kisner's Rosie the Riveter song. The song that not only gave Rosie her name, but soared to the top of the charts during WW2. Once we arrive you’ll be lead into the event where at 11am the official Guinness World Record will be counted. Food will be available for purchase at the event as well as educational vendors and Rosie and World War II learning opportunities. Upon completion, tons of photos, scoring sweet Rosie gear, and seeing historic aircraft, we will meet back up and reboard the buses where tasty snacks and ice cold drinks will be waiting for us to enjoy on the ride home.
On October 24, 2015, 2,096 women and girls dressed in dark blue work clothes and polka-dot bandanas gathered at the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan to set a new World Record for “The Most Rosie the Riveters.” Since then the awesome women of the Rosie group in Richmond, California bested our record with an impressive 2,229 women dressed as Rosie. It’s time to bring the title back home and shoot for 3,000! Won’t you please help us make history?
This event is a fundraiser to help save the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant. We will pay the suggested donation (plus some) for all 108 Rosies traveling with us. We have included that in your transportation ticket price. We will also pre register each person to avoid having to wait at the event entrance.
I totally want to go but I don’t know how to dress like a Rosie!
That’s ok, we are here to help. The uniform is easy. The uniform consists of four items:
DARK blue work clothes (coveralls preferred or pants with shirt tucked in and sleeves rolled up, cannot be denim) Locally you can get them at Carhartt, Walmart, Tractor Supply, and Workwear.
Red tall socks (we like the soccer socks sold at sporting good stores).
Black “work” boots (no sneakers, flip flops, sandals, or high heels).
A red bandana with white polkadots (not paisley). It’s very specific fabric called Sweetheart Polkadot that can be bought at Joann Fabric.
If this is a daunting challenge for you to gather everything in an epic Rosie costume scavenger hunt- don’t worry! We can do it for you. For an additional $50 (it’s our cost. But, if we sell a ton though and the price per drops we will donate the extra to Save the Bomber Plant) we will provide your blue coveralls, red socks, and your polkadot bandana (custom made by our friends at William and Bonnie in Hamtramck.) You will need to bring your own shoes.
What if I’m a man and want to go?
Hooray, we will take you! Consider wearing a military uniform, workwear of your own (boys were in the factories too), or get creative and come as FDR. You’re very welcome to join us on the busses and we will even sign you up to be a count volunteer so you too can be part of the world record.
What if I want to bring my tiny human?
Kids are welcome!!! They even count towards the record as long as they are dressed. However, we do not provide car seats or booster seats so if you’d like to come with us on the bus please make sure your tiny human will be safe riding on our motorcoach. No strollers will be allowed.
Can I bring a camera?
Yes, Yes, Yes. You’ll want to have lots of photos of this amazing day. We will also bring a photographer as part of our team. All of those photos will be shared on our social media for you to enjoy after the event as well.
Things to leave at home:
You’ll want your hands free so take advantage of all your coverall pockets and leave the purse at home.
Weapons of any kind
I know, but we have to say it.
Because The Detroit History Club operates as a members-only club, out of private homes, hidden spaces, and secret locations, you’ll need to join before being able to buy tickets to events. At checkout you’ll be asked if you are already a member; if not, select “New Member.” Membership to The Detroit History Club is five dollars per calendar year. Each person attending an event must have a membership of their own. Membership cards may be picked up at the first event you attend as a new member, and new cards are issued at the first event you attend each year.