Diana Parsell Writer

Diana Parsell Writer

Diana Parsell Writer

Ueyno Park cherry blossoms

My book in progress describes the trailblazing life of Eliza Scidmore, the Gilded Age travel writer behind Washington’s Japanese cherry trees.

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About Diana

Diana Parsell
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Diana Parsell is a writer, editor and former journalist in the Washington, D.C., area now donning the hat of biographer to write the story of an intrepid American female journalist and traveler a century ago.

About the Book

Every age has strong, independent women who defy gender conventions to follow their hearts and minds. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore (1856-1928) was one such maverick—an American woman who shattered the glass ceilings of her day to achieve a string of remarkable "firsts." Writer and biographer Diana Parsell has tracked down Scidmore's story from Washington and the U.S. Midwest to Alaska and Japan.

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John Muir Website Adds Page on Eliza Scidmore

Eliza Scidmore now has her own page on the John Muir website, hosted by the Sierra Club. The website, established in 1994, features a huge amount of information on all things Muir, with new material added regularly. After learning about…

In the summer of 2018, Diana lectured on Eliza Scidmore and her historic travels in Alaska to an overflow crowd at Glacier Bay National Park. It was Diana's latest book-related presentation to diverse audiences in the U.S. and Japan. She has also been interviewed on the subject by major media including The Washington PostNational Geographic, and Japanese and British television.