January 18, 2017
There is very little in 21st century California that has not been touched, if not shaped, by Henry Kaiser. His more than one hundred corporations around the world became examples of how corporate good could be attached to social progress. The extraordinary loyalty he earned from as many as 300,000 employees and his active support of labor unions were just two aspects of what made him remarkable. Because of his popularity with the working people of America, in 1944 he was Franklin Roosevelt’s personal choice as the man to replace him in the Oval Office. Steve Gilford tells how this came about and how Kaiser’s influence, often not recognized, continues to reverberate through society.
About Steve Gilford
Steve Gilford, author, historian and filmmaker is also Senior History Consultant to Kaiser Permanente. He’s lectured on Henry Kaiser, the shipyards and on the Kaiser Health Plan at colleges, museums and community groups. He was the history consultant for the Oakland Museum of California’s retrospective on the life of Kaiser, “Think Big: Henry J. Kaiser”. Steve has been interviewed on a variety of US and European television and radio programs. He is also on the Board of the Richmond Museum of History which is restoring the Kaiser-built Victory ship, SS Red Oak Victory. If he looks vaguely familiar, he keeps showing up in the KQED fund-raising reruns of the popular Robert Redford documentary, “Saving the Bay”. His most recent book is “Build ‘Em by The Mile, Cut ‘Em Off by the Yard: How Henry Kaiser and the Rosies Helped Win WW II”.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA, 95403
Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Columbia Distributing building is located on the left (east) side of the street a couple hundred yards past the museum.