Lance and Robin Van Auken

I’m Robin Van Auken, a writer and an archaeologist, living in the Pennsylvania highlands. I write books on historical topics, and I write novels. My nonfiction books focus on local history and baseball. My novels (sometimes using the pen name Madeline Sloane) are romantic adventures, thrillers and mysteries.

I’m also a freelance media consult and historic project specialist, working solo or with my husband, Lance Van Auken. Our combined background is in education, anthropology, communications and sports management.

Local History

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®.

Operated by Robin Van Auken, Hands on Heritage Co. helps its clients develop a variety of products including exhibits, interpretive panels, signage, promotional material, Internet websites, mobile apps,  and books (digital and print).

Other services include archival searches, investigating census records and other documents, and interviewing people about their knowledge of the past (oral history). If you have an interesting company or family history, or would like us to help you compile your family’s, your company’s, or your town’s history into a book, please contact us for a quote.

We have experience in developing print books, eBooks, websites, mobile sites,  photo scrapbooks, video scrapbooks, multimedia projects, brochures, pamphlets, and manuals. We are “digital archaeologists” and enjoy working with and preserving old photographs.  Contact us for a free consultation and quote today. Click here to visit HOH >>>

News of Yesteryear (formerly Historic Williamsport) is a web site by Robin Van Auken dedicated to educating and entertaining visitors of all ages with stories and illustrations of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and its surrounding towns.

Throughout the years, many interesting stories about the people and places of Williamsport and Northcentral Pennsylvania have been published. Many are reprinted here, with permission from the Lycoming County Historical Society, the James V. Brown Library, Little League Baseball, Inc., the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, and various individuals. We hope you enjoy your visit. Click here to visit NYY >>>

Robin Van Auken’s Books

Hands on Heritage

Our perfect day is spent discovering and sharing a great story that celebrates heritage. We do this by designing and implementing creative projects that connect communities, tell stories that interpret and educate, provide recreational and open-space opportunities, conserve cultural legacies and embrace economic development.  No project is too small, nor too large, to discuss. Discover Hands on Heritage.

Robin Van Auken books

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: A Pictorial History

To honor the City of Williamsport’s Bicentennial, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette produced a three-volume, pictorial history. Most of the images have never been published in book form. Primary resources are Grit, Williamsport Sun, Gazette and Bulletin and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette archives.