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In St. Louis, Intrepid Women on the Frontier

St. Louis. I'd never been there until my husband's recent business gave me a chance…

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Japan’s Koyasan, a Century After Eliza Scidmore Saw It

Koyasan, a mountainous area of temples in southeastern Japan, is a major pilgrimage site for…

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My Book Proposal on Eliza Scidmore Wins Biography Prize

My book project on Eliza Scidmore was awarded the 2017 Hazel Rowley Prize, given by…

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‘On the Hunt’ for Cherry Blossoms With a Japanese Film Crew

Japan’s TBS network aired an hour-long program March 18 in its  "Mystery Hunter" series in…

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When Will the Cherry Blossoms Open?

Our weirdly warm winter in Washington means the cherry blossoms could bloom much earlier than…

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Japanese POW Treatment and Eliza Scidmore’s Last Book

My husband and I recently watched a powerful film called "The Railway Man," starring Colin…

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‘She Persisted’ Was True of Eliza Scidmore

Thanks, Andrea Zimmerman, for adding Eliza Scidmore to the Internet meme of "women who persisted."…

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‘Drain the Swamp’ Gave Us Potomac Park

Donald Trump rode a populist wave to the White House vowing to "drain the swamp"…

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Eliza Scidmore as Wall Art

"Eliza and the Emperor." That's the title of an Eliza-inspired mixed-media canvas produced last year…

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I Found Santa During My Research Commute

This guy is ... obviously Santa Claus. I met him yesterday on my way to…

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‘Mukojima,’ the Tokyo Park Behind D.C.’s Cherry Trees

“No other flower in all the world is so beloved, so exalted, so worshipped, as…

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‘Downton Abbey,’ An American Heiress and Eliza Scidmore

OK, fellow “Downtown Abbey” addicts, I managed to find a connection between the TV series…

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Eliza Scidmore and Other Women in WWI

Eliza Scidmore appears in a new book by Elizabeth Foxwell, an author who has spent…

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LibriVox Features Eliza Scidmore, on Alaska

Eliza Scidmore has made her debut appearance on LibriVox. I discovered LibriVox a couple of…

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A ‘Pen Pal’ History Buff in Japan

This is Ichiro Fudai. We've never met. But Ichiro and I have corresponded online since…

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Robert Caro and a Sense of Place in Biography

I'm grateful to Steve Weinberg, a journalist and biographer (and one of my former journalism…

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In Boston, Biographers and a Letter by Eliza Scidmore

Whether novice or experienced, biographers have a great resource in Biographers International Organization. It was…

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At America’s First World’s Fair, Eliza Scidmore and … Irish Oatmeal!

When you're working on a book involving U.S. history, you see connections everywhere. The latest…

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Marking the Anniversary of Eliza Scidmore’s Death

November 3 was the anniversary of Eliza Scidmore's death. Today I received photos from Mina…

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Shut Out From the Library of Congress

Bruce and I are now a 100-percent furloughed household. He's in a "non-essential" federal job…

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Eliza Scidmore Slept Here …

In the course of research I've been finding addresses of various places where Eliza Scidmore…

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New York’s Sakura Park, and a Hop Over to Brooklyn

In New York recently for the annual Biographers International Organization conference, I followed some research leads…

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Eliza Scidmore, Jokichi Takamine and ‘Homecoming Trees’

Eliza Scidmore is popping up all over the place here in Japan. Her cameo appears…

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The Eliza Scidmore Society

When I started this blog a year ago, my first post was a photo of…

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A Gift of ‘Sakura’

NHK television in Japan featured on its evening news program last Saturday (March 30) a…

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Yokohama Nursery Company

That coat. I knew it at first glance. In Yokohama to do research for my…

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Cherry Blossom Viewing at ‘Mukojima’ in Tokyo

On Saturday I literally walked in Eliza Scidmore's footsteps when I went to Tokyo to…

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A Home in Santa Fe

Time was my Valentine this year. Long blocks of uninterrupted time. I'm just back from…

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Eliza Scidmore and Earthquakes in Japan

Last Friday a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the seabed of the Pacific Ocean about 150…

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Eliza Scidmore, the Fairchilds and Their Great Idea

Researchers, authors, students and history buffs gathered here last weekend for the annual D.C. Historical…

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The Civil War, Eliza Scidmore’s Brother and a Hometown Connection

How seductive historical research can be. You start out looking for one thing and end…

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Mayborn Fellowship in Biography

An exciting development to report: Last month at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Texas…

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New Mercury Readings in Baltimore

Last Saturday night I was one of four nonfiction writers who read at the Windup…

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Andrew Carnegie, Eliza Scidmore and the D.C. Historical Society

Last week the Library of Congress held a seminar on Andrew Carnegie's legacy of establishing…

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D.C. Historical Studies Conference

Good news today. Just got the word that I'll be speaking on Eliza Scidmore at…

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Guest Blog Post on Eliza Scidmore

Ken Ackerman, the author of books on J. Edgar Hoover, "Boss" Tweed and other larger-than-life…

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Happy Birthday, D.C. Cherry Trees!

The cherry trees are blooming, and Washington is now celebrating a special event: the centennial…

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Eliza Scidmore Profile in ‘The Washington Post’

The special cherry blossom section in today's Washington Post had a good article about Eliza…

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Smithsonian Collection of Eliza Scidmore’s Photos

Remember back in the '60s and '70s when travel was such a big deal that…

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At National Geographic, Eliza Scidmore and Samurai

Photographs from Eliza Scidmore's days in Japan are going on display at the National Geographic…

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