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Harriet Chalmers Adams by Durlynn Anema

Harriet Chalmers Adams earned public acclaim in the early twentieth century by traveling, at great peril, through some of the most treacherous parts of the globe. She recorded her three-year, 40,000 mile journey through South America. Her adventures, in words and photographs, were published in National Geographic Magazine and other trade publications. She also presented on the lecture circuit. When war broke out in 1914, she was the first woman correspondent to be granted permission to the front lines in France. After World War I, Harriet helped launch the Society of Woman Geographers. Her term as that organization's first president helped assure that future women like herself would have the support of a professional group. Unfortunately, Harriet has been largely forgotten in the decades since her death.