Judith Burger-Gossart’s book, Sadie’s Winter Dream: Fishermen’s Wives and Maine Sea Coast Mission Hooked Rugs, 1923–1938, was a natural outgrowth of her interest in hooked rugs. The women she encountered in her research were compelling. The more she learned about them, the more she realized that these amazing and courageous women had a timeless story to tell. Her book has been published after seven years of writing and research.
Burger-Gossart graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, majoring in American Studies. She received a masters degree in history from Columbia University Teachers College and a masters degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She was a social worker for twenty-five years. Upon moving to Maine in 1996, she ventured into an uncharted territory: becoming an antique dealer and starting Sprucewind Antiques.
Her antique business centered on textiles. She curated exhibits, with the focus on hooked rugs and textiles. Two exhibits at the Mount Desert Island Historical Society included illustrated catalogues: Three Centuries of Hooking and Folk Art from Mount Desert Island Collections. She has given numerous talks on hooked rugs, and written articles on Maine Sea Coast Mission hooked rugs for The Magazine Antiques, Rug Hooking Magazine, and Chebacco: The Magazine of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society. She has designed and made hooked rugs all her life.
Judith Burger-Gossart and her husband live in Salsbury Cove, Maine.