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 writer and editor, 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®.

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.