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Building dedication kicks off Rosie events

May. 22, 2013 @ 12:04 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A state building at 2699 Park Ave. in Huntington became "The Rosie the Riveter Building" on Tuesday in a brief ceremony in West Huntington.

The event preceded a series of activities planned for Wednesday, May 22, at Pullman Plaza Hotel to demonstrate Huntington becoming a "Model Rosie the Riveter Community," according to a news release from Thanks! Plain and Simple, an organization dedicated to honoring Rosies throughout the state of West Virginia.

Activities include:

2:30 to 4 p.m.: The showing of a documentary film about West Virginia's women who worked as "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II.

4 to 5:30 p.m.: A chance to meet local Rosie the Riveters, hear their stories and ask about their contributions.

5:40 p.m.: See the unveiling of the first Blenko Glass Co. art to depict Rosies at work during World War II.

6 to 8 p.m. Dinner with Rosies and their supporters. Cost for dinner is $26 for the general public.

To learn more about the event, contact Anne Montague, executive director, at 304-776-4743 or visit www.thanksplainandsimple.org.

"Rosie the Riveter" is a cultural icon representing the American women who worked in factories during World War II making military supplies and equipment, replacing the male workers who went to war.

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