Olmstead, Down East celebrate Maine’s North Country

Down East magazine recently interviewed Kathryn Olmstead for its February 2020 Aroostook Issue. Olmstead served as faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism for 25 years, six of them as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The article, titled “There’s Just Something Here That Gives Us This Sense of Identity,” focuses on life and values in Aroostook County. Olmstead—who split her time between Orono and Aroostook while at the University of Maine—says of the County, “I still feel that sense of genuineness, authenticity, lack of pretense. Of pride in a history of hard work and agriculture. Of neighborliness, genuine friendliness.” Olmstead also serves on the University of Maine Board of Visitors.