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 a 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 Juneau for BBC2’s Great American Railroad Journeys episode on Alaska; interviewer was former MP Michael Portillo, host of the series.
March 29, 2018: Interviewed by scriptwriter Dan Stashower for National Geographic Live! staged reading of Eliza Scidmore’s work, held during cherry blossom season in Washington.
Sept. 29, 2017: Interviewed by Kyla Whitmore, UC-Berkeley student, for podcast on history of Potomac Park and its cherry trees (not yet posted).
March 18, 2017: Filmed by Japan’s TBS network for Mystery Hunter episode on cherry blossoms in U.S. and Japan.
March 13, 2012: Interviewed by Washington Post reporter Michael Ruane for article Cherry Blossoms’ Champion Eliza Scidmore Lived Life of Adventure.
Aug. 1, 2018: Presented briefing to rangers at Glacier Bay National Park wanting to know more about Eliza Scidmore for park’s visitor programs; Gustavus, Alaska.
July 31, 2018: Gave public lecture on Eliza Scidmore and her historic Alaska travels to overflow audience at Glacier Bay Lodge; Gustavus, Alaska.
April 17, 2018: Conducted 90-minute teleconference briefing on Eliza Scidmore for seasonal staff at Glacier Bay National Park.
March 1, 2017: Luncheon speaker for Ikebana International Alexandria regional event; Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va.
April 2, 2015: Lectured on Eliza Scidmore’s reporting career to D.C chapter of Journalism & Women’s Symposium (JAWS); National Press Club, Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2014: Met with Lab School teacher Mollie Walnum’s science-class students studying Eliza Scidmore in their Discovery Club; Washington, D.C.
Feb. 20, 2014: Luncheon speaker for Washington-Tokyo Women’s Club; Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, Va.
April 10, 2013: Spoke on Eliza Scidmore’s ties to Japan at Japan Cherry Blossom Association; Parliamentary Museum, Tokyo.
April 7, 2013: Addressed Eliza Scidmore Cherry Blossom Society at luncheon following annual gravesite service in Foreign General Cemetery; Yokohama, Japan.
March 7, 2013: Presented research findings on Eliza Scidmore to Women’s History Discussion Group at Library of Congress; Washington, D.C.
Oct. 19, 2012: Speaker at 39th D.C. Historical Studies Conference, on panel devoted to cherry-tree centennial; Washington, D.C.
June 30, 2012: Presented 20-minute public reading from book in progress at “New Mercury” nonfiction author series”; Baltimore, Md.
April 3, 2018: By invitation, wrote entry on Eliza Scidmore for Sierra Club’s popular John Muir website.
Jan. 16, 2018: From Early ‘Lady Writer,’ Washington Cherry Blossoms and National Geographic Legacy; National Geographic News blog (original version published in 2012, updated in 2018)
March 28, 2012: Eliza Scidmore, the Woman Behind the Planting of Washington’s Cherry Trees in 1912; guest guest blogger for Ken Ackerman’s Viral History blog
March 26, 2012: Cherry Tree Planting in March 1912 Shaped Public Face of Washington, D.C.; National Geographic News blog
May 2017: Awarded the Hazel Rowley Prize from Biographers International (BIO) for best proposal for first biography.
July 2012: Received Mayborn Fellowship in Biography at Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, hosted by University of North Texas; award included short-term residency in Santa Fe, N.M., under mentoring of the award sponsor, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McGrath Morris.
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