Robin Van Auken
Robin is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years of experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology.
In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history, including “Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball.”
She is the mother of a former Army Special Forces Operator (Green Beret), the daughter of a Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and sister of both Army and Naval enlistees. She is a frequent visitor of military sites, forts, and battlefields.
She was an adjunct instructor at Lycoming College, where she taught both archaeology and communication. She continues to direct its summer youth program, Lycoming College for Kids & Teens.
She has years of museum experience, working as a curator and educator with both science centers and historical societies. She has directed multi-year archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and educating thousands of visitors.
In 2015, she added underwater archaeology and PADI scuba training to her toolkit, enabling her to investigate maritime archaeology sites.
She is a long-time member of Northcentral Chapter 8, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, having served as a general member, a director, a vice president and president during the past 25 years. Other professional organizations include the Society for Historical Archaeology, Register of Professional Archaeology, and the Nautical Archaeology Society.
Cultural Heritage Specialties: Researching, writing reports, museum curation, cultural consultation, conducting oral histories, videotaping interviews, instructing, organizing public archaeology digs, overseeing field schools, historic and prehistoric site survey.
Communication Specialties: Writing, editing, researching, interviewing, instructing, organizing workshops, developing website content, strategic marketing plans, app development, social media organizational plans, public relations, video production, graphic design, and most activities within general print and digital communications.
Educational Specialties: Experience developing curricula for students of all ages. Confident speaker for groups, small and large. Experience mentoring and advising students, and overseeing independent projects and internships.
Robin at the Metropolitan Art Museum