Ranger Betty Soskin works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California. She is ninety and began her NPS service five years ago. Ranger Soskin is also a blogger. The Rosie the Riveter park seems like a fascinating place with an interesting story to tell–the World War II period being much messier than we sometimes believe–and Soskin is uniquely positioned to tell it. She was born in Detroit in 1921, lived through the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 while living in New Orleans, and moved with her family to California not long thereafter. She was not a factory worker during the war, but did work in a Jim Crow era union hall during the conflict.
In the mid 1990s military historian John Keegan wrote that the true history of the Second World War has not yet been told. Thankfully it now is at places like the Rosie/Homefront Historical Park, by people like Ranger Betty Soskin.