I’m Robin Van Auken, a writer and a public archaeologist. Most days I work on writing, and I’ve authored more than a dozen books. Topics range from nonfiction history to fictional novels.
I teach American Archaeology at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 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 and Teens.
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.
I spent a week solo camping, as a way to kick start my writing this summer. I viewed solo camping as a "Writing Retreat." My Constant Companion: Chubbers, an Australian Shepherd-Husky Mix. Confession: [...]
Interested in the ephemera of the Civil War? The National Archives has released thousands of documents and photographs from the American Civil War, and Wikimedia Commons is organizing them. Civil War Photo: Captain Harry [...]
Have you, your family, or a friend ever had difficulty sleeping? For years, I've struggled with going to sleep and remaining asleep. I would lie awake for hours, agonizing over my "To Do" list or [...]
Famous in the 19th century for its lumber products, Williamsport, Pennsylvania is a small mountainous town. Situated on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, its residents enjoyed easy access to virgin forests of hemlock [...]
If you've ever wanted to know who you are and where you came from, you're not alone. More than 100 million Americans are looking for their roots, a remarkable explosion in genealogical research inspired, in [...]
'Leda' from Leonardo's sketchbook I've been pondering the concept of a New Renaissance. On the topic, Parade magazine's resident genius Marilyn Vos Savant once wrote she would: "... found a school for art [...]
Getting Published So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation. As an editor, I've had [...]