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I Saw Glacier Bay Through 19th-Century Eyes

Caitlin Campbell 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 last 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 to chronicle my progress on a biography…

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Video: Scidmore’s Historic 1883 Trip to Glacier Bay

Steamer "Idaho" in Juneau, 1887

Of all I’ve learned about Eliza Scidmore so far, nothing has excited my imagination so much as her pioneering Alaska travel. She went for the first time in the summer of 1883, in a journey that became historic, as I show in the video below.     Scidmore, then 26, was working at the time…

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery Birth of Alaska Tourism Juneau was only a few years old when Eliza Scidmore first saw it in 1883. (1887 photo, W.H. Partridge Collection, Southern Methodist University) Eliza Scidmore traveled to Alaska in 1883 on the Idaho. Its detour into upper Glacier Bay paved the way to tourism. (1887 photo, Alaska State Library)…

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Book

Hand-colored photo Eliza Scidmore from "Eliza's Cherry Trees"

Every age has strong, independent women who defy the gender conventions of their era to follow their hearts and minds. Eliza Scidmore (1856-1928) was one such maverick. Today, people know about her mostly as the visionary of Washington’s now-famous cherry trees. Yet she was so much more. Remarkably “modern” for her time, Scidmore became an…

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News & Events

Diana has been been interviewed about the subject of her book by major media including The Washington Post, National Geographic, and Japanese and British television. She has lectured to diverse audiences and published several articles on the subject. Her book-related awards are also listed below. Media Interviews & TV Appearances July 29, 2018: Filmed in…

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My book in progress describes the trailblazing life of Eliza Scidmore, the Gilded Age travel writer behind Washington’s Japanese cherry trees. Read More About Diana Lisa Damico Portraits A writer, editor and former journalist, Diana Parsell has worked in Washington and Southeast Asia for media and science organizations including National Geographic, NIH, AAAS, and The…

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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 Scidmore’s connection to Muir, the webmaster of the site, Harold Wood, invited me to post…

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Scidmore as National Geographic Female Explorer

Tourists at Muir Glacier, 1880s

Eliza Scidmore is known largely for her role as the earliest visionary of Washington’s cherry trees. She was also an intrepid traveler. And the National Geographic Society considers her its first female explorer. The Geographic recently spotlighted some of its pioneering women on its blog. I kicked off the series with an article on Eliza…

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LibriVox Adds Scidmore Writing on Alaska

LibriVox NatGeoMag Vol. 5

Eliza Scidmore has made her debut on LibriVox, the free online service of audio books in the public domain. LibriVox has started adding back volumes of National Geographic, some containing articles by Scidmore. I discovered LibriVox a couple of years ago and am now a big fan. The selections consist of only older works —…

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Shut Out From the Library of Congress

Study desk Library of Congress

Bruce and I are now a 100-percent furloughed household. He’s in a “non-essential” federal job and thus on unofficial R&R. And here’s what the government shutdown looks like from my little spot in the universe. It’s my tiny “study desk” room at the Library of Congress, on the fifth floor of the Adams Building. I’ve…

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