Media & Events

TV Appearances

March 18, 2017: TBS TV network in Japan featured my research on Eliza Scidmore in a one-hour documentary

March 30, 2013. NHK TV in Japan interviewed me about Eliza Scidmore in a 15-minute news special that aired during cherry blossom season

Speaking Engagements

March 1, 2017: Luncheon speaker for Ikebana International Alexandria Workshop, Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va. 

April 2, 2015: Journalism & Women’s Symposium, National Press Club, Washington, D.C.; lectured on Eliza Scidmore’s work as an early female journalist and Washington correspondent

April 4, 2014: Lab School of Washington, D.C.; visited teacher Mollie Walnum’s science class, which studied Eliza Scidmore in their Discovery Club

Feb. 20, 2014: Washington-Tokyo Women’s Club, Army-Navy Country Club, Arlington, Va.; featured luncheon speaker on Eliza Scidmore

April 10, 2013: Japan Cherry Blossom Association, Parliamentary Museum, Tokyo; delivered remarks on Eliza Scidmore’s ties to Japan

April 7, 2013: Eliza Scidmore Society, Yokohama, Japan; delivered remarks at luncheon after memorial service at Eliza Scidmore’s gravesite in Foreigners General Cemetery

March 7, 2013: Women’s History Discussion Group, Library of Congress; presented research findings on Eliza Scidmore

Oct. 19, 2012: 39th D.C. Historical Studies Conference, Washington, D.C.: panelist presentation “Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore: D.C. ‘Lady Writer’ With a Passion for Japan”

June 30, 2012: New Mercury Series, Baltimore; did 20-minute public reading from the book-in-progress at forum of nonfiction authors

Published Articles

March 28, 2012: Viral History Blog — Guest Blogger: Diana Parsell on “Eliza Scidmore, the Woman Behind the Planting of Washington’s Cherry Trees in 1912”

March 26, 2012: National Geographic News — “Cherry Tree Planting in March 1912 Shaped Public Face of Washington, D.C.”

March 13, 2012: The Washington Post(quotes me as “Eliza Scidmore scholar”) “Cherry Blossoms’ Champion, Eliza Scidmore, Led a Life of Ad­ven­ture”

March 30, 2011: National Geographic News — “From Early Geographic ‘Lady Writer,’ D.C. Cherry Blossoms and Tsunami


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