Elaine Patterson was born into a large family on a small farm in Stockton, Maryland. She has spent the majority of her life working in this area while enjoying the lifestyle and culture of Delmarva. Influenced by her mother to help record and preserve local history, her first research was published in the 1970’s. In 1999, after a career at Salisbury University, she founded her own publishing company, now called Maryland History Press. Her focus, then and now, is to help regional researchers and private citizens record and publish works that may otherwise be lost. She enjoys meeting new people and learning about their lives and adventures. In addition to publishing, her firm offers editing and proofreading services.