Eliza Scidmore hit the road a century ago as an intrepid journalist, capturing the romance of travel for Americans back home. Adventures in Japan inspired her obsessive quest to give Washington its now-famous cherry trees. Read my groundbreaking biography of Scidmore, due in March 2023 from Oxford University Press.

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About Diana

Diana Parsell
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A writer, editor, journalist and novice biographer, Diana Parsell has worked in Washington, D.C., and Southeast Asia for media and science organizations, including National Geographic, NIH, AAAS and The Washington Post, as well as many freelance clients.

Eliza Scidmore

My former website and blog on Eliza Scidmore, "A Great Blooming," has been incorporated into this website. I've been blogging about her since 2012, and all my blog posts about her can be accessed through the photo icon lower on this page or by this link. Tracking down her many achievements as a pioneering female journalist and intrepid world traveler has taken me from Washington, D.C., to as far as Alaska and Japan.

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Scidmore Bio Available for Pre-Order

  The book is set for launch in March 2023 from Oxford University Press. Copies can be pre-ordered here from the publisher’s website. Amazon and other distributors have also started offering the book on advance order. I’ve found it listed by bookshops in several European countries, a reflection…

Since 2012 I have been interviewed about Eliza Scidmore and her far-ranging achievements by The Washington PostNational Geographic and Japanese and British TV. BBC2's "Great American Railroad Journeys" featured me speaking on her 1893 travel guide to Alaska. I've lectured on Scidmore to a dozen diverse audiences, most recently to an overflow crowd at Glacier Bay National Park.