Rosie the Riveter Guinness World Record
UPDATE October 15, 2017: Yes, we set a brand new World Record for the Most Rosie the Riveters here in Ypsilanti, Michigan on October 14, 2017… with 3,755 people dressed as Rosie the Riveter in attendance, including 57 original World War II Rosies!
The reason we gathered in Michigan to set a new record was to support the Yankee Air Museum’s effort to save, preserve, and renovate Rosie’s historic World War II-era factory: the Willow Run Bomber Plant! Once renovated, the Bomber Plant will become the Museum’s new home. But we still need your donations to make it happen!
Together, we can preserve the legacy of Rosie the Riveter and build the future NEW home of the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run. Please give generously!
Concourse Area Photography booth: If you purchased and ordered a professional photograph in front of the yellow backdrop, the photographer, Lerro Productions, is working on orders and will send you your photo via email as soon as it is ready. If you have not yet received your photo, contact the photographer via his website, http://www.lerrophotography.com/
Original Rosies Photographs: If your Original WWII Rosie had her photo taken in the auxiliary gym, the photos are ready! Click here to browse photos and purchase prints online from J Lewis Photography. Prices range from $6 for a 5×7 print to $11 for an 8×10, plus keepsake options such as mugs and phone cases.
The Official World Record Photograph: When the World Record is approved and made Official by Guinness, then the Official World Record Photograph of the entire record-setting group will be made available as a digital download… for FREE! It may take up to a several months for the world record to be declared Official, so please be patient. Please watch this page for an announcement on how to download the Official Photo! We’ll post instructions as soon as we have them.
Why is the Willow Run Bomber Plant So Important?
The Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan was built in 1941, and produced over 8,600 B-24 Liberator bombers during WWII. It was the largest factory under one roof in the world at 3 million square feet in size, with two half-mile-long assembly lines. Willow Run employed 42,000 workers… and one third of them were women who were paid the same as the men! Willow Run was where Rose Will Monroe, the “original Rosie the Riveter” of WWII-era movie newsreel fame, worked. She was filmed by the government under the direction of A-list actor and producer Walter Pidgeon, and her face and name were familiar to WWII-era movie-goers as a personification of the popular “Rosie the Riveter” wartime propaganda character.
Rosie the Riveter, both then and now, represents ALL female wartime workers who stepped up to fill the many roles left behind by men who went to fight overseas. These women riveted, welded, kept the railroads running, conducted street cars, typed and filed, sewed parachutes, and even played pro baseball!
Media and bloggers: Please feel free to use the press photo below (of the 2015 record-setting event at Willow Run) in your articles and posts. Please mention Yankee Air Museum’s “Save The Bomber Plant” campaign to raise funds to renovate a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant to become the future NEW home of the Yankee Air Museum. And please link to the home page of this website at http://www.SaveTheBomberPlant.org. By doing so, you are helping us save Rosie’s factory. for future generations… thank you!