I’m Robin Van Auken, a public archaeologist and public relations specialist. As the owner of Hands on Heritage, I help design, implement and promote projects that connect communities and conserve cultural legacies. I offer a range of professional services, from archaeological interpretation and education, to public relations and communication strategies.
Outcomes of my work can be seen throughout the region. I’ve helped organizations and communities celebrate milestone anniversaries, designed interpretive panels and historic markers, written local history books and conducted oral histories. I’ve also directed multi-year, public archaeology projects, working with hundreds of students and volunteers, and educating thousands of visitors.
If you enjoy Pennsylvania history, feel free to explore my local history books. I’ve co-authored several books with my husband, Lance, and also with our friend, Lou Hunsinger Jr. We have an assortment of narrative and photographic books I’m happy to share with you, including my tribute to Grit: America’s Greatest Family Newspaper and Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball®.