'Rosie the Riveter' Plant Saved
Group just about raises the $8M needed to buy 150K square feet of it
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 1, 2014 10:27 AM CDT
A June 25, 1999, file photo shows an enlargement of the U.S. Postal Service's stamp depicting Rosie the Riveter.   (JOAN SEIDEL)

(Newser) – The Detroit-area factory where Rosie the Riveter showed that a woman could do a "man's work" by building World War II-era bombers has been saved from the wrecking ball, organizers of a campaign to build a museum on the site announced today. The site's manager had given the Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign a deadline of today to raise the $8 million needed to buy a 150,000-square-foot portion of the larger property. As recently as Tuesday morning, the group was about $1 million short of its goal, but later in the day "closed on a big one," fundraising consultant Michael Montgomery said.

That allowed Montgomery and his partners to get "within spitting distance of the full eight (million)" and enough to go forward with a purchase agreement, which he expects to be finalized in seven to 10 days. Meanwhile, those behind the effort will go back to raising the additional dollars needed to make the new Yankee Air Museum a reality. Its exhibits will focus on the history of the plant and vintage aircraft, but Rosie will be a star as well, just as she was seven decades ago. Click for more on the history of the plant and Rose Will Monroe, who caught the eye of Hollywood producers casting a "riveter" for a government film about the war effort at home.

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May 2, 2014 3:04 AM CDT
Oh yes I'm sure it will be a success and make millions, all detroit needed was a museum to bring it out of the liberal utopia it currently is. I'm sure all the unemployeed people, drug dealers and gang bangers will come in droves to learn about their rich cultural history.
May 1, 2014 12:49 PM CDT
Ironic how so many little insignificant people made so many greedy men rich.
May 1, 2014 11:16 AM CDT
Ridiculous. It was the people , not the place that was important. There were a million Rosies, in factories all over America, not just one. Build the ladies a statue or three, yes. But saving the plant? Is a waste of valuable real estate.