In search of Rosies

To the Editor,

The legacy of the women that worked in the mills and factories during World War II is a rich one. Last year the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center honored 12 of these hard-working women from our Tri-State Area. Once again our local “Rosies” will be honored on Saturday, July 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. during “An Afternoon Tea with Rosie the Riveter” at the museum located at 3149 Main Street in Weirton.

John Lilly of Charleston, W.Va., musician and editor of the West Virginia Golden Seal magazine, will entertain with a musical performance for the “Afternoon Tea with Rosie the Riveter.” In addition to the refreshments, Mr. Bob Kelley will be providing a special tea from France in honor of the Rosies.

The museum is in search of the women that worked locally during the war effort. Anyone interested in attending the upcoming event and sharing their story is asked to contact me at (304) 670-8489. The stories of our local Rosies are inspiring, and the museum is trying to record these oral histories. Once compiled, we hope to have their legacy recorded for future generations.

If you, your mother, grandmother, aunt or friend worked during World War II in our area mills and factories, come and share that legacy! For more information, check out the museum’s website at

Pam Makricosta

Event chairman