Robin Van Auken has served as a Little League volunteer and historian for fifteen years. Her husband, Lance, is the director of media relations for Little League, and together they have worked on various projects that aim to preserve the history of the organization. They are coauthors of “Play Ball! The Story of Little League Baseball” and participated in a planned PBS documentary on the subject.
Robin is also an Adjunct professor at Lyncoming College, PA, in Media Writing and Corporate Communication. Van Auken is an archaeologist and author. She has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in anthropology, and an associate’s degree in mass communications. At Lycoming, she has taught classes in American Archaeology and media writing. She also oversees the college’s summer youth program, Lycoming College for Kids and Teens.
She specializes in public archaeology projects and historic preservation and is the principal investigator for the Glunk Site, a multi-year project that serves as a site for archaeology field schools, as well as independent research projects for students in many fields of study.
Van Auken has published ten books of regional history. In addition to five years as a museum curator, 20 years as an anthropologist, she has more than 25 years experience in journalism and mass communications.
Her professional memberships include the Register of Professional Archaeologists, American Anthropological Association, Society for Historical Archaeology, Archaeological Conservancy, Archaeological Institute of America, and the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Northcentral Chapter No. 8. Her personal website can be found at http://www.RobinVanAuken.com.
Van Auken has directed American Archaeology digs locally at Canfield Island, Thomas Lightfoote Inn, Snyder Site, Fisher Site/Muncy Canal and the Glunk Site, uniting Lycoming College with Northcentral Chapter No. 8 of the Society for PA Archeology and local historical museums.