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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Scidmore’s Alaska Travel Airs on BBC

Thanks to the brief posting of a video on YouTube, I was able to see my cameo appearance on BBC2’s “Great American Railroad Journeys.” My interview with the program’s host, Michael Portillo, took place in Juneau in the summer of 2018. [Note: The online video has since been…

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.