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So far Robin Van Auken has created 51 entries.

Play Ball!

"Play Ball!" is the remarkable story of Little League Baseball®, from the first diamond in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to the playing fields of the world. On any given spring evening, 360,000 children around the world can be found on the dusty mounds and grassy fields of a Little League field. With more than four million people playing or volunteering in Little League games every year, Little League is the institutional rite of passage into the quintessential American pastime.

Play Ball: The Story of Little League Baseball

 

PLAY BALL!
THE STORY OF
LITTLE LEAGUE
BASEBALL®
 

 
Lance and Robin
Van Auken

 

 

“‘Play Ball!’ is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it’s a wonderful reminder of what might have […]

Day One of Detox

Day One of Detox. Just wait ’til my husband gets home, smells dinner simmering on the stove, and then discovers it’s VEGETABLES.

Poor guy. I even made him a bowl of oatmeal this morning, but he “forgot” to eat it. I think he just wanted to me to save a step tomorrow.

Lance Van Auken

Lance Van Auken, Vice President of Little League Baseball, Inc., and Executive Director, Little League Museum.

(Click this link to play the recent interview on WRAK Radio with Ken Sawyer)

Just Below Your Feet

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 to research the topic as an independent study, a capstone project for her American […]

Heritage Downloads

My History Is America’s History

This free eBook, “My History Is America’s History: 15 Things You Can Do to Save America’s Stories,” is a guidebook to help families and individuals to explore family history and discover how our own family stories connect to the history of our nation.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PDF (LARGE […]

Public Archaeology

As a historical archaeologist, I work with museums and non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, public and private schools, and avocational archaeology groups.  Services I offer include:

Field trips
Field schools
Hands-on heritage programs
Historical research, oral histories
Ethnographic research and interviews
Interpretive exhibit, video development
National Register assessments, nominations
Testing, data recovery programs

I also am an instructor at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, […]

Social Applications

If you are considering adding social media and other interactive elements to your public relations and marketing plan, here is a comprehensive list of the more popular and effective applications. The bottom line is that all of these are free on a basic level. As you require more services, you can subscribe to paid […]

WordPress Tutorials

So you want to use WordPress but not sure how to go about it?

WordPress is a popular CMS used by companies, large and small, as well as individuals. There are two versions of WordPress — the .com and the .org. The .com is a free blogging software hosted on the WP servers similar to […]

Google Apps & YouTube

If you’re not using Google, then you need to consider all that this amazing company has to offer. Most amazing of all is that it is free, open-source and easy to use. There are literally hundreds of How-To videos available online for everything Google has to offer, so there’s no excuse why you can’t […]

Stewards of the Past

I thwarted my husband’s vacation plans. Days before he purchased tickets for a Caribbean cruise, I suggested Scotland.
In the blink of an eye, I wasted months he spent researching itineraries. Gone were his plans to lounge poolside on the lido deck, dine on all-he-could-eat buffets and enjoy nightly live entertainment aboard a floating mega-mall.
He […]

Books by Van Auken

 

“‘Play Ball!’ is a delightful walk down the storied history of Little League Baseball. For those of us who played the dreams of your youth, it brings back mighty memories. For those of us reluctant adults who still dream, it’s a wonderful reminder of what might have been.” —John Grisham
Play Ball! The Story of […]

Canfield Island

Canfield Island is a recent addition to the Susquehanna shoreline, having been added during the 19th century during Northcentral Pennsylvania’s lumber boom. But, before sawyers toiled in the mill, processing logs into lumber, American Indians called the area home. In fact, for the past 4,000 years or so, people have traveled to the river’s […]

The Heritage Trail

A stroll along the James P. Bressler Heritage Trail on Canfield Island is invigorating and educational. It’s also tranquil, this quiet spot along the Susquehanna River’s West Branch.

The trail is part of Loyalsock Township’s Riverfront Park and is dedicated to James P. Bressler. A scholar and educator beloved in his community, Bressler carved a […]

Hobie Makes Kayaks

Hobie, a leading catamaran design company, expanded and introduced a line of sit-on-top kayaks, fishing kayaks and float cats. One of its more useful boats for use on local creeks, lakes and rivers is the pedal-driven Hobie Mirage Kayak.

A river reputed to be “a mile wide and a foot deep,” Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River’s depth […]

School Days

Working with Muncy Historical Society and the students (past and present) of Muncy Jr/Sr High School, historian Robin Van Auken created a 30-minute DVD oral history project that features 35 alumni and current student interviews.
Historical Society volunteers and Muncy students collaborated on this important project as one component of the 75th anniversary celebration of […]

Pennsylvania’s Forests

Pennsylvania’s forests reflect a history of choices — from peaceful coexistence between humans and the forests to the massive harvesting of the forests in the late 1800s. Pennsylvania’s borders encompass 17 million acres of forestland, almost 4 million acres of which are publicly owned. However, more than 12 million acres are under private ownership. […]

Lumber Heritage

The Lumber Heritage Region holds a key to the rich heritage of Pennsylvania’s forests–from the struggles of the pioneers to the cut-and-run practices of the early lumber industry to the conservation efforts that led to the managed forests of today.

Pennsylvania’s forests reflect a history of choices — from peaceful coexistence between humans and the […]

Mighty Susquehanna

The Susquehanna is a shallow river that flows about 440 miles, from Cooperstown to the Chesapeake Bay. Nearly 200 years ago, canals were used to transport goods and people instead of the river. Canal boats would use the river where it was deeper, or where dams had raised the water level.

The Susquehanna, stretching approximately […]

Shawn Gardner

Artisan Shawn Gardner, of Fair Chase Designs, presents on prehistoric technology and Native American art. This is presentation is suitable for people of all ages, including families and school-aged children.

Gardner lives in Montoursville, often presents programs to people who visit his teepee on school field trips. He also offers seminars and classes. Gardner specializes […]