About Us

David Branch, Publisher & Editor

My ancestors established the Pettengill Farm, a nineteenth century salt-water farm in Freeport. The Freeport Historical Society now owns and maintains the property. My great grandmother, Gertrude Goldrup, sewed the first pair of L.L. Bean hunting boots. Her sewing machine is proudly displayed at their flagship store.

I graduated from Freeport High School in 1978. In 2020, after chipping away at it for 35 years, I received my Bachelors Degree in Theater from the University of Southern Maine. Today I live in Portland with my wife, Heather. Our son, Henry, is a student at Lyseth Harrison Elementary School in North Deering.

One of my favorite questions when meeting new people is, “Where are you from?” My proud reply is always, “I’m a Mainer!”

Michael Kelley, Writer

Michael Kelley, a native of Portland and resident of Westbrook, has been working in the newspaper industry since 2006 writing about municipal news, education news, features, sports and other human interest topics for several weekly newspapers, most recently the Portland Forecaster. His work has appeared in weekly and daily publications in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. He has been a contributing writer for Memories of Maine Magazine since May 2013 and enjoys sharing stories about Maine’s history and people.

Aimee Lanteigne, Writer

Born in Waterville and raised in Fairfield as a Lawrence Bulldog, Aimee Lanteigne has been a middle school social studies teacher in Maine for twenty-six years.  She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington. She resides in Gardiner with her two incredible sons.  Keeling is a sophomore at the University of Maine at Orono in the ROTC program with aspirations of becoming an army officer and teaching history.  Braden is a Junior at Gardiner Area High School and is a starter for the varsity soccer and basketball programs.  He is also a straight A student.  His dream is to play soccer at a Division I college.

Aimee holds a Masters degree in Civil War Studies as well as a National Board Teaching Certificate for Adolescent History.  She enjoys dance, travel, history, reading, her two Maine coon cats, her Golden Retriever, and sports of all kinds.  She was a basketball player “back in the day” and has stayed involved with the sport as a coach and volunteer for the MPA officials at the high school tournaments in February. She is a huge fan of the Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables series.  Although she has seen many countries, she considers Maine the most beautiful spot in the world.  She writes for Memories of Maine Magazine because it gives her an outlet for two of her favorite passions …writing and telling stories about the place she loves above all others…the great state of Maine.

Write her at: athousandhopes@gmail.com

Elizabeth Bennett, Writer

Elizabeth Bennett is from away, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but she married a Mainer and followed him back. She lives in Searsport, Maine, with her husband and five children, in a house they built with their own bare hands.

Elizabeth is fascinated by her adopted state’s rugged past. Reading and writing fill in her spare moments not consumed by raising children. She also previously worked as a commissioned artist and an art director for Shepherd’s Press.

Write her at: elizabethbennett83@gmail.com

Camille Smalley, Writer

Camille is “from away” as they say in Maine, having moved to Maine at age 17. Born in Bremerton, Washington, she moved to Maine to attend the University of New England and earned a Bachelors of Art in English and Women’s Studies, followed by a Masters Degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She spent seven years at the Saco Museum, planning everything from events and fundraisers to exhibits. Currently, Camille is an Associate Director at Foreside Financial Group, specializing in broker-dealer compliance.

Camille married a Mainer, Bryan, and they reside in Westbrook, Maine with their two daughters, River and Sabine. The family enjoys trips to Smiling Hill Farm and spending warm summer days splashing around on Thomas Pond. Camille enjoys history, and especially getting to the grittier, real stories of people and events. Writing for Memories of Maine Magazine allows her the opportunity to explore the history of Maine in greater detail and connect Maine’s history with the greater narrative of the United States.

Joline Violette Edwards, Graphic Designer

I was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, a great place to grow up in the 1960s and 70s. I am very proud of my French heritage, and the actual results of my DNA test indicate that I am indeed 100% French…no segmented pie chart, just a full uncut pie! I have two independent, successful adult sons who I brought up in Yarmouth, Maine, and they continue to make me very proud. My wonderful husband Doug and I are now happily living in Saco, where I work from home as a freelance graphic designer. You can see some of my work at www.dependableld.com.

As the graphic designer for Memories of Maine Magazine since 2012, I thoroughly enjoy laying out each issue; it’s like putting together a complicated puzzle. It’s very rewarding. With each issue, I learn more about the people and places of the great state of Maine. Who knew that Maine was so full of interesting people and important history!