Hear from local author and learn about Eliza Scidmore, a journalist who helped shape the landscape of modern Washington, D.C., and her quest to have Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac. 

Diana P. Parsell will discuss her book, "Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees." It is the first-ever biography of the women whose persistence over two decades led to the planting of the first cherry-blossom trees in Washington donated from Japan. The many new findings in the book describe Scidmore's little-known achievements as a pioneering female journalist and intrepid travel writer.

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
11:00am - 12:00pm
Cherrydale Library
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About the Author: 

Diana Pabst Parsell is a professional writer, editor, and former journalist who has worked at National Geographic, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and The Washington Post, as well as at several environmental research centers in Southeast Asia. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Johns Hopkins University, she received a Mayborn Fellowship in Biography and the Biographers International Organization 2017 Hazel Rowley Prize.


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