Ueyno Park cherry blossoms

My book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is the first biography of Eliza Scidmore, Gilded Age travel writer and visionary of D.C.'s Japanese cherry trees.

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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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Eliza Scidmore Sports a New Look

On a research run through the Internet I come across this woodcut illustration of my book subject, Eliza Scidmore. It was made by an L.A. artist named Bijou Karman for an online National Geographic series on “21 Women Travelers Who Changed the World.” You can see the list…

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.