The oldest park employee in the US, Betty Reid Soskin, retires at the age of 100… She shares her life story here…

After revealing details of her life, especially those pertaining to World War II, for more than 15 years at Rosie the Riveter/

Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest National Park Service ranger still on the job, has left her position at HomeFront National Historical Park in Richmond.

Soskin, who turned 100 in September, rose to the position of the most well-known park ranger now employed.

It has been said that the centenarian’s work as a park ranger has helped the park service improve how it explains the history to tourists.

On April 16, a public event will be held to honor her official retirement.

In a press release announcing her resignation, Soskin said:

It has been extraordinary to have a role in pointing out how my own emotional trajectory, together with those of others my age, will affect the future through the consequences we’ve left behind.

The 100-year-old was employed as a file clerk in a Union hall that was divided during World War II when she was a young woman.

Later, she would launch Reid’s Records, a record shop, with her husband Mel Reid. The shop formally closed in 2019.

In 2011, Soskin, at 89 years old, started working for the National Park Service on a full-time basis. She managed public events and conveyed stories and concepts at the park visitor center.

Being a primary source in the dissemination of that history, which is also my history, and helping to create a new national park, according to Soskin, has been exciting and satisfying.

It has proven to offer my latter years of life purpose. Betty has significantly impacted the National Park Service and its goal, according to Chuck Sams, director of the organization.

“Her efforts serve as a reminder that in order to present a more complete and inclusive history of our country, we must actively seek out and include all viewpoints.”

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