By Craig Springer, USFWS
You can see the pattern: vocare, vocal, vocation. What one chooses to do for a living is a calling. It’s rooted in the Latin, vocare, “to be called to do something.” And so it was for Randi Sue Smith of Spearfish, South Dakota, that she would become an archivist at one of the most unusual field stations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Smith would be the first to tell you that knowing the present means knowing history.
Randi Sue Smith is passionate about the past -- and the Service's future. (Photo: USFWS)
She works at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives. The facility holds some 175,000 objects and documents from all over the country, all dealing with fisheries conservation. And all that important historical matter needs a curator.
It’s where Smith makes her mark.