World War II Home Front History Presentations

posted on October 7, 2015

Two Kaiser Permanente Home Front history presentations


“Emmy Lou Packard: Drawing New Conclusions in the Kaiser Shipyards”
Lincoln Cushing, Kaiser Permanente Archivist
Part of current exhibition at Rosie the Riveter National Park, Richmond, Calif., on display through 2015
Saturday, November 21, 11:00-12:00
Wednesday, December 9, 2:00-3:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Contact the park to reserve seats, space is limited.

For many, the shipyards was the first experience in working alongside people of different races; here, black-white cooperation is graphically reinforced by the positive and negative shadowing of the ship they have built together behind them. 2/22/1945
Emmy Lou Packard illustration, 2/22/1945

Two slideshow presentations which amplify the exhibition theme – the challenges of labor journalism during a time when the entire work force was changing. Packard’s illustrations in the weekly Kaiser Richmond shipyard newspaper Fore ‘n’ Aft were patriotic without resorting to racist jabs or stereotypes; she portrayed workers with dignity and character. She drew women’s experiences from a woman’s point of view – numerous vignettes show children (one of her regular subjects later in life), shopping, home life, and the challenges of survival and adjustment in a tempestuous time.

Exhibition review in Richmond Confidential.




“More Than War Ships: Kaiser’s WWII Legacies in Healthcare, Childcare, Housing, and Environment”
Lincoln Cushing, Kaiser Permanente Archivist, with Dr. Jeffery Sanders, WSU
Thursday, October 15
, 7 pm – 9 pm
Part of current Oregon Historical Society exhibition (Portland, Oregon)
“World War II: A World at War, A State Transformed”
Free and open to the public

Child care center, Oregon shipyards, PA-912
Child Service Center, Kaiser Oregon shipyards

Kaiser Permanente historian Lincoln Cushing will present “Henry J. Kaiser’s World War II Home Front Legacy,” a slide show about the innovative support systems Kaiser built for wartime production workers, including child care centers, housing, transportation, and health care. Although Henry J. Kaiser earned the sobriquet “Patriot in Pinstripes” for his industrial contributions to the Allied military effort during World War II, it can be argued that his most enduring legacy was his comprehensive suite of Home Front social benefit programs. He will co-present with Dr. Jeffery Sanders, Washington State University.

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