Rosie the Riveter park’s most famous ranger retires at age 100

Betty Reid Soskin

America’s oldest active park ranger, Richmond’s Betty Reid Soskin, who weaved her real-life experiences in the 1940s into programs at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, retired quietly Thursday, six months after celebrating her 100th birthday. Soskin spent her last day on the job doing the work she has enjoyed for more…

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Richmond mayor delivers State of the City address

Richmond Mayor Tom Butt honored four Richmond residents—Marcus Faumui, Najari Smith, Betty Reid Soskin and Alysa Liu—as part of his annual State of the City address. Photo by Edward Booth.

Butt’s roughly hour-long speech, assisted by a data-laden slideshow and a short promotional video, provided a present-day overview of Richmond’s finances, education, public safety, transportation, housing, commercial development, business, economy and environment.

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Popular ranger draws crowds to Richmond national park

Richmond’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park has been doing brisk business thanks to one of its employee’s international exposure during the 16-day shutdown of the federal government. Visitors are coming to see Betty Reid Soskin, the 92-year-old park ranger that has become an international celebrity. During the federal shutdown, Soskin…

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Mural featuring Richmond diversity celebrated

Last June the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission unveiled Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People, an intricate five-panel mural spearheaded by artist Judy Baca, at the Richmond Senior Center on Macdonald Avenue. About 50 people gathered this past Sunday to officially dedicate the mural.

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