I’m Robin Van Auken, a public archaeologist and educator with a journalism background.
I teach American Archaeology at Lycoming College and direct multi-year, public archaeology projects, working with hundreds of students and volunteers, and educating thousands of visitors.
I also teach communications / media writing at Lycoming College, and direct its summer youth program, Lycoming College for Kids.
My educational specialties include developing curricula for learners of all ages, mentoring students and overseeing their independent projects and internships.
With my husband, Lance Van Auken, I operate Hands on Heritage, a consulting firm that helps its clients discover, explore, celebrate and share their cultural heritage through a variety of unique projects. Offering a range of historical research and interpretive services, we can help you tell your story in the format that suits your needs, while adhering to the highest standards of historical practice.
Robin Van Auken’s Websites
Robin Van Auken’s Blog
I’ve been on a hiatus from my fiction writing career. It wasn’t intentional; I let other tasks and chores get in the way, and failed to prioritize.
My writing is important, and if I want to wrap up my current series […]
The Paleo Pool collects, curates and shares content and links to quality information about the Paelo / Primal Lifestyle. We encourage the use of organic, whole foods and healthy living.
We recommend the books in this Amazon bookstore. We own them […]
One man’s quest to memorialize the victims of the worst airline disaster in Lycoming County history, the crash of Allegheny Airlines Flight 371 on Bald Eagle Mountain, is coming to an end. The crash site has received designation from the Commonwealth […]
A year ago, during American Archaeology Field School, one of my students asked about Cultural Resource Management in Pennsylvania. I told her about CRM and about PA Act 70, which has devastated professional archaeology in the Commonwealth, and encouraged her […]
This postcard gallery is from the collection of Richard and Miriam Mix, authors of “A Bicentennial Postcard History of Williamsport.” You may send one of these postcards via email to your friends and family, sharing your enthusiasm for local history. […]
Camping in the dark isn’t fun. Sure, you have a fire, but when you’re sitting around the campsite, especially if you have a canopy or awning, a string of lights not only increases visibility, it creates ambiance.
Now, we’re not full-time […]
I know, they’re completely unacceptable when you’re living the Paleo lifestyle, but they’re okay on special occasions when you’re adhering to the Primal lifestyle.
Crash Potatoes are cooked potatoes that are smashed, drizzled with a bit of olive oil, sprinkled liberally […]
If you’re in the market for a camp kitchen, you should be looking at the Grub Hub Outdoor Camping Kitchen. This amazing, patented contraption is easy to setup and is packed full of features. The price isn’t for the faint […]
I tried a recipe from my newest Paleo cookbook purchase, the The Zenbelly Cookbook: An Epicurean’s Guide to Paleo Cuisine, and even though it didn’t look like the lovely lavendar tortilla in Simone Miller’s outstanding new book, it turned out […]
Missing something? Crackers, crepes, pancakes and other goodies? The Paleo Mom has a wonderful book, The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, available on Amazon and the secret ingredient is plantains.
While you’re there, pick up her new […]
It’s not difficult to stick with the Paleo Lifestyle (and Primal) when you have so many foods available, and simple recipes like the salad above. Keeping quality ingredients on hand is key, and keeping your imagination stimulated with reading recipes, […]
I discovered an interesting newspaper article from 1918 on the subject of women spies, and thought it might be fun to share with readers of my blog.
While transcribing the article from the scanned (public domain) newspaper, I couldn’t help but […]
I first met Jerry Zeidler while on assignment for the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. At the time, he was a Pennsylvania Wildlife Conservation officer and I visited his office for background on an article. We chatted and became friends, not only because of […]