National Park Service to host virtual chat with Betty Reid Soskin

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Betty Reid Soskin (Photo courtesy of Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond)

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park is inviting the community to an informal virtual chat with the great Betty Reid Soskin on Thursday, May 13.

The free event will start at 2 p.m. and continue for one hour, depending on how Soskin is feeling, according to park officials. No reservation is required and participants will be admitted until capacity is reached.

“Betty will share her thoughts and insights and answer questions in this informal virtual gathering,” the NPS said. “For those who have met her, this will be another opportunity to connect and share. For those who have yet to meet her, this will be a chance to ask those questions you have always wanted to ask.”

The session will be moderated by Ranger Armand Johnson.

To view the virtual event or for more information, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/rori. Or call the Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home National Historical Park (NHP) Visitor Education Center at (510) 232-5050 x 0. 

Soskin, 99, America’s oldest National Park ranger, is famous in large part for her sage and engaging tours at Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front NHP, where she shines light on African American history. She’s also author of Sign My Name To Freedom, which chronicles her eclectic experiences as a young worker in a WWII-segregated union hall, a singer, activist, mother, legislative representative, and park planner. Soskin was named among the 2018 Women of the Year by Glamour Magazine honoring trailblazers and newsmakers from around the world, was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and was also gifted not one, but two, presidential coins from President Barack Obama, the first of which was stolen during a home invasion robbery.

The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, call (510) 232-5050 x0 or visit here. Admission to the Visitor Center and programs is free.