Remembering the way Maine used to be

Feb 07, 2014
Trudy Chambers Price

Searsport — Maine author Trudy Chambers Price will talk about “The Cows Are Out!” and “My Journey,” two memoirs of life in rural Maine, Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St./Route 1. The talk and signing is free with $5 gallery admission, which is free for museum members and Searsport residents.

Price grew up in Aroostook County, where her family lived for five generations. She moved in 1966 when she and her husband Ron purchased a 150-acre dairy farm in Knox.  They raised their children and worked on the farm together for 23 years. “The Cows Are Out!” is a funny and moving account of life on a family farm, chronicling a way of life that is disappearing across America. In 1991, the couple divorced. They lost touch for many years, but with the publication of “The Cows Are Out!” they reconnected and re-married in 2010.

“My Journey” was compiled by Price but written by her dear friend Arthena Taylor Keller. Keller was born in 1927 in Montville, lost her mother at age 2 and her father at 8 and was raised by her grandparents on their farm in Freedom. This is the true story of a life lived with joy and pluck, in circumstances that today would be considered very difficult. It also is the story of how life in Maine has changed.

Keller died this year and is deeply missed by her friends and family; her daughter Kathy Keller Cunningham will join Price for the book signing. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Keep Waldo Warm Fund, which provides fuel to Waldo County families in need.  “My Journey” is only available through Penobscot Marine Museum.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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