These articles by Robin Van Auken run the gamut of topics such as Inspiration, Writing, Publication, and Promotion. Other topics, such as Archaeology, Sports,  Travel, History, Science and more, creep in.  Robin is a writer of local history books and contemporary fiction. She lives in  the Highlands of Pennsylvania and has advanced degrees in Anthropology and Communications. Enjoy the variety.

Also included in this library are contributions by historians and authors Lou Hunsinger, Jr., Tom “Tank” Baird, and Joan Wheal Blank. Some of these articles were published on the Historic Williamsport website operated by Robin, and are now the News of Yesteryear series.

  • To see Robin’s articles, keep scrolling below. They are mingled in with Lou’s and Joan’s.
  • To see Lou’s articles and contact him directly, CLICK THIS LINK.
  • To see Tank’s articles and contact him directly, CLICK THIS LINK.
  • To see Joan’s articles and contact her directly, CLICK THIS LINK.

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Book Envy

I'm nearly there. As of today, I've read  93 books toward my goal of 104 books in the Goodreads 2012 Reading Challenge. I seldom participate in online challenges because I

By |November 5th, 2012|

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

By |April 18th, 2012|

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

By |February 24th, 2012|

School Days

School Days: 75th Anniversary Oral History Project Working with Muncy Historical Society and the students (past and present) of Muncy Jr/Sr High School, historian Robin Van Auken

By |August 1st, 2011|

Van Wagner

Since he was a child, Van Wagner has been singing, strumming, rambling, and picking his way through the hills of Pennsylvania. With more than 100 original songs under his belt

By |April 8th, 2011|

The Brady Legend

Conflict between American Indians and white people escalated during the last two decades of the 18th century. War -- both declared and undeclared -- made for "dark and gloomy days," according to historian John F. Meginness in his 1,268-page tome, "History of Lycoming County" (1892).

By |March 27th, 2011|

Historical Mix-Up

Richard and Miriam Mix, experts on regional history as well as America's past, authored a book, “A Bicentennial Postcard History of Williamsport,” which contains colorful postcards and illustrations of pre-World War I Williamsport and the region, and was published by the Lycoming County Genealogical Society just in time for the City of Williamsport's bicentennial in 2006.

By |March 27th, 2011|

A Heroic Duo

Rachel Silverthorn warns the settlers (WPA mural) While Gen. George Washington's Continental Army fought the British, settlers along the Susquehanna River also considered themselves at war with

By |March 27th, 2011|

History of Avery $ Drycleaners

In 1926, Leal Raymond Avery and his brother, Harland Wesley "Bake" Avery, were given approximately $5,000 from their mother, Harriet "Hattie," to help start Avery $ Drycleaners in Williamsport, PA.

By |October 3rd, 2009|

Allen P. Perley

West Branch National Bank In  past ages the history of a country was the record of wars and conquests; today it is the record of commercial activity,

By |September 3rd, 2009|
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