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From the Archive

Chasing Cherry Blossoms

Photograph by Eliza Scidmore

  • March 29, 2018

  • 7:30 PM - 9 PM
  • Regular $25.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Conversation

Pioneering photojournalist Eliza Scidmore was National Geographic magazine's first official female writer, photographer, and board member—she also led the effort to bring the now-iconic cherry blossoms from Japan to Washington, D.C. In this first event in our new series From the Archive, National Geographic photo archivist Sara Manco will share Eliza’s trailblazing story through National Geographic archival images and actor-performed readings of her letters.


Photograph by Ari Beser

Sara Manco


National Geographic Senior Photo Archivist SARA MANCO hails from Kansas City, where she first picked up her dad’s barely used 35mm Minolta camera at 14 years old. She fostered her love of photography in college where she earned a degree in journalism with a focus on photography. Sara combined her love of photography and history in graduate school where she earned a master’s degree in photographic preservation and collections management. After working at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Sara moved to the National Geographic Society to care for its historic photography collection. In addition to preserving the photographs, Sara assists with National Geographic’s Photo Camp and Sciencetelling Bootcamp, where she shares her love of photography and history with students and National Geographic Explorers and grantees.

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