Park Ranger icon Betty Reid Soskin, 98, says she’s ‘back at work’

RICHMOND — Beloved National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin
cheered hundreds of people on Facebook Tuesday with the news that
she’s “back at work” at the Rosie the Riveter museum after
suffering a stroke five months ago.

The 98-year-old
Soskin announced on Facebook
that she’ll be working at the
Rosie the Riveter
World War II/Home Front National Historic Park
in a limited
capacity.

Her Facebook post stated: “Hello friends! This is actually
Betty. Five months after a stroke, I’m back at work. Not
“actually”, but at the invitation of Tom Leatherman. I’ll
just be visiting, with no work schedule to get in the way, but back
at work none-the-less. We take whatever we can get. I’ll be
“working” from eleven ’til one. If you have nothing else to
do, stop by and we’ll catch up.”

The reaction on Facebook was immediate with hundreds of people
posting congratulatory messages.

In a Facebook post on Sept. 22, Reid wrote that Soskin was
showing evidence of a stroke while working at the Rosie the Riveter
World War II/Home Front National Historic Park. Reid established a
GoFundMe drive for Soskin’s medical care.

Soskin is well-known for her popular, engaging talks on
Richmond’s history, race and social change at the Rosie the
Riveter museum, where she spoke about her own experience as a young
black woman working at a segregated union hall in Richmond.

Soskin is the nation’s oldest park ranger and has received a
number of accolades, including a presidential coin from President
Barack Obama at the 2015 National Tree Lighting Ceremony. She also
was named among Glamour Magazine’s 2018 Women of the Year.

Soskin is the acclaimed author of
“Sign My Name To Freedom,”
a memoir that includes her
varied experiences as a singer, civil rights activist, legislative
representative, mother and as one of the chief planners of the
Rosie the Riveter museum.

“Betty’s world views were formed in her earliest years in
Black Creole New Orleans, but were shaped and molded during her
upbringing in East Oakland and her years as a wife and mother,
songwriter and performer in eastern Contra Costa County, as a black
business leader in Berkeley, as a public servant and public
advocate in the city of Richmond, and in her personal struggles
against racial discrimination and other injustices in the years
throughout,” the memoir states.

A new documentary
about Soskin, “No Time to Waste,”
debuted last year and is
scheduled to be shown Feb. 2 at the Rafael Theater in San Rafael
and Feb. 22 at The Presidio in San Francisco.

Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Park Ranger icon Betty Reid Soskin, 98, says she’s ‘back at work’