ESGC Rosie the Riveter, Elkins, WV

April 29, 2024


Rosie the Riveter stands as both a romantic and heroic figure from the World War II era. A former housewife turned war hero, Rosie emerged from the kitchen to not only build the machinery necessary to fight, but also cultivated Victory Gardens to feed the nation and troops abroad. She gave her all to help support the troops and win World War II. Posters depicting her image have become symbols of courage and patriotism.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Emma Scott Garden Club of Randolph County, WV, the club deemed it fitting to honor and celebrate the remarkable women of WWII. They plan to present the nation with the first Rosie Garden Club statue, titled "ESGC Rosie the Riveter." ESGC anticipates other garden clubs nationwide will follow suit, placing Rosie the Riveter Statues in Memorial Fields across the country.

ESGC commissioned us to design and build a 5'6” tall Rosie the Riveter Statue. Additionally, they've customized a 3 ft base of black marble, inscribed with the names of Rosie the Riveters on it.

As the first garden club to recognize Rosies with a full-size statue, ESGC's Rosie the Riveter Statue will find its place in Memorial Field next to the Veterans Memorial on Railroad Ave., Elkins, WV, 26241.

This statue not only adds beauty to the landscape but also serves as an educational tool on the history of Rosie the Riveters. Clues hidden throughout the structure will shed light on the contributions of Rosie the Riveters during WWII.

Rosie the Riveter symbolizes the strength and greatness of women who worked in factories, shipyards, and planted vegetable gardens to ensure an adequate food supply for civilians and troops. After the war, many returned to their kitchens and gardens, using their skills to survive the Great Depression by planting family gardens and canning produce.

The Emma Scott Garden Club feels privileged to celebrate Rosie the Riveters with this ESGC Rosie the Riveter Statue. They recognize that WWII could not have been won without the support of these amazing women.

Donations in support of the ESGC Rosie the Riveter Statue can be sent to the following address:

c/o Linda Shomo
118 Chestnut St.
Elkins, WV.  26241

Checks can be made out to   ESGC  with a notation in the lower left-hand corner (Rosie Statue).