My book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, describes the trailblazing life of Eliza Scidmore, the Gilded Age travel writer behind Washington's Japanese cherry trees.

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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Recalling My Fabulous Research Trip to Glacier Bay

(Reposted from August 2018) An email out of the blue from U.S. park ranger Caitlin Campbell sparked my first trip to Alaska this summer, capped by a special experience at Glacier Bay. Caiti first contacted me a year ago after stumbling across the website and blog I started…

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.