- The Power of Parks
Oldest Park Ranger Overcomes Assault, Embraces History
At age 94, Betty Reid Soskin is a powerful voice for helping people process history while protecting historic spaces for future generations.
Betty Reid Soskin, the oldest full-time national park ranger in the United States, is two months shy of her 95th birthday. The National Park Service itself is only five years older than that.
For the last 10 years, Soskin has served as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Redmond, California, where you’d get little argument that she is the most beloved and sought-after park ranger.
But on June 27, an intruder broke into her home in Richmond, California, and punched her several times. She managed to get away and lock herself in her bathroom, where she proceeded to plug in her iron and wait for her attacker to return so she could