Barbara York began her career in educational travel at the Smithsonian Institution in 1985 and headed the international division of Smithsonian Journeys until the end of 2004. She has accompanied Smithsonian travelers to many destinations worldwide. Read more on Barbara here.
A headline in the November 18, 2008 New York Times caught my attention: “The Dead Tell A Tale China Doesn’t Care to Listen To.” Depicted was a mummy known as the “Loulan Beauty” on display at a museum in Urumqi, China. I had seen mummies such as this years ago, and I suspected that the article might reference the work of our past Study Leader.
On September 22, 1988, our group of intrepid Smithsonian travelers were on a tour tracing the ancient Silk Road through the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan (then part of the USSR) and across China from west to east. We were deeply enthralled with the legends and lore of the Silk Road when we reached Urumqi in China’s western-most province.