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Betty Reid Soskin: Remembering a History for All Americans in Our National Parks

Betty Reid Soskin became a park ranger at the age of 85, bringing a wealth of experience to the National Park Service.

As Betty says, “What gets remembered is a function of who’s in the room doing the remembering,” and Betty’s history is helping other untold stories come to light at Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. From working in a Jim Crow union hall during the war, to starting one of the first Black-owned record shops in America, to receiving a Presidential Medal, Betty has lived many lives and she’s fully shown up for all of it. Now 101, Betty shares with us why she has even more hope for the future.

For more about Betty’s memoir, and forthcoming documentary, visit

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Hosted and produced by Kate Tucker, Hope Is My Middle Name is a podcast by Consensus Digital Media in collaboration with Reasonable Volume.

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