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Events & Appearances


Feb. 27
George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, “Eliza Scidmore Beyond the Cherry Trees”

March 23
University Club, “Still Blooming” luncheon, in conversation with Patricia H. Taft; sponsored by National Cherry Blossom Festival

March 27
Politics & Prose bookstore, Washington, D.C., 7 p.m.

March 29
U.S. National Arboretum/U.S. Department of Agriculture (noon; virtual talk via Zoom)

March 30
Trust for the National Mall (private reception)

April 5
American News Women’s Club (evening lecture and book signing)

April 15
Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, Va (1:00-2:00; author talk and book signing)

April 20
Association of Oldest Inhabitants in D.C. (luncheon talk and book signing)

April 24
Village of Friendship Heights, Md. (7 p.m.; author talk and book signing)

May 13
Washington Writers Conference, panelist for “Women’s Voices Across Genres”

May 19-21
Biographers International Organization (BIO) conference in New York (will deliver craft workshop on “Structuring and Revising Your Manuscript”)

Sept-Oct (date to come)
Marietta (Ohio) Garden Club


March 12, 2024
Washington International Club

Past Appearances

April 7, 2021: Washington Walks (virtual)

July 31-Aug. 1, 2018: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (public lecture and staff briefing)

April 17, 2018: Glacier Bay National Park Alaska (90-minute teleconference briefing)

March 1, 2017: Ikebana International, Alexandria, Va.

April 2, 2015: Journalism & Women’s Symposium (JAWS), D.C. chapter

April 4, 2014: D.C. Lab School, Discovery Club

Feb. 20, 2014: Washington-Tokyo Women’s Club, Arlington, Va.

April 10, 2013: Japan Cherry Blossom Association, Parliamentary Museum in Tokyo

April 7, 2013: Eliza Scidmore Cherry Blossom Society, Yokohama, Japan

March 7, 2013: Women’s History Discussion Group, Library of Congress

Oct. 19, 2012: 39th D.C. Historical Studies Conference (panelist)

June 30, 2012: New Mercury author series, Baltimore, Md.


Interviews & Media Coverage

Filming in Juneau for BBC2, with Michael Portillo (Photo: Bruce Parsell)

NBC “Today” Show: “Story Behind D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms” with correspondent Kristen Welker, March 30, 2023

U.S. National Arboretum: “Eliza Scidmore: Botanical Ambassador for Japan and Its Cherry Trees,” one-hour virtual presentation for Friends of the National Arboretum, March 29, 2023

Q&A/History in the Margins: blog of historian Pamela Toler, March 29, 2023

NPR Marketplace: “Make Me Smart” commentary (begins around 20 mins into the piece), March 28, 2023

BIO podcast, interview with Biographers International Organization, March 10, 2023

Marietta (OH) Times, “Marietta College alumna pens book,” March 4, 2023

Q&A/Humanities-Net, DC: interview with D.C. historian Matthew Gilmore, March 2, 2023

NASW: Advance Copy, National Association for the Advancement of Science Writing, March 1, 2023

Washingtonian: “One Woman’s Quest to Bring Cherry Blossoms to DC,” March 2023

D.C. Mondays video: “Eliza Scidmore Beyond the Cherry Trees,” George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, Feb. 27, 2023

Q&A/Discovering Lives blog: interview by Paula T. Whitacre, Feb. 16, 2023

Library Journal, book review, Feb. 1, 2023



World Radio podcast: interview with Jenny Rough, March 30, 2022

BBC2: filmed interview in Juneau with host Michael Portillo of “Great American Railroad Journeys” July 29, 2018

National Geographic Live!: interviewed by scriptwriter Daniel Stashower for staged reading of Scidmore’s work, March 29, 2018

Japan TBS TV: appeared in “Mystery Hunter” program on cherry blossoms, March 18, 2017

Japan NHK TV: appeared in evening news segment on my book research, March 30, 2013

National Geographic: interviewed for online article on Eliza Scidmore, Feb. 2017

Washington Post: interviewed by Michael Ruane for “Cherry blossoms’ champion, Eliza Scidmore, led a life of adventure,” March 13, 2012


Honors & Awards

BIO Hazel Rowley Award winner 2017

Receiving BIO Hazel Rowley Award from Gayle Feldman at BIO 2017 conference in Boston (Photo: James McGrath Morris)

Hazel Rowley Prize from Biographers International (BIO) for best proposal for first biography, 2017

Mayborn Fellowship in Biography, sponsored by University of North Texas and prize-winning biographer James McGrath Morris, 2012