ELIZA RUHAMAH SCHIDMORE #100travelHERS
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Birth: October 14, 1856; Clinton, Iowa (spent childhood in Madison, Wisconsin)
Death: November 3, 1928; Geneva, Switzerland
Occupation: Writer, photographer, geographer, first female National Geographic board member and probably first woman to have photos published in the magazine
Notable journeys: In 1883, visited Alaska and was one of the first tourists to accidentally sail into Glacier Bay. Between 1885 and 1922, regularly accompanied her brother, a career diplomat, on assignments in the Far East and wrote for various publications. Visited Japan several times, as well as Java, China, and India.
Notable work: Jinrikisha Days in Japan; Java, the Garden of the East; China, the Long-Lived Empire; Winter India; As the Hague Ordains. Planted the iconic cherry trees in Washington, D.C., in 1885. A couple of her photos.
Quote: “That order of tourist known as the ‘globe-trotter’ is not a welcome apparition to the permanent foreign resident. His generous and refined hospitality has been so often abused, and its recipients so often show a half-contemptuous condescension to their remote and uncomprehended hosts, that letters of introduction are looked upon with dread.”