What We Do: Hands on Heritage2018-09-21T10:25:00+00:00

What We Do

Hands on Heritage is a unique, woman-owned company that specializes in consulting and communications for heritage organizations and cultural resource management firms. We specialize in creative projects that connect communities and conserve cultural legacies. We provide project mitigation solutions with an emphasis on interpretation and education. We offer a range of professional communication services. With a combined background in education, archaeology, military history, sports management, and communications, Hands on Heritage works diligently to promote our clients as successful, honest, important, exciting and relevant.

We provide management support and services to complete projects within budget and on time. Our abilities include researching, writing, and digital storytelling. We are adept at planning, coordinating, and implementing projects, coordinating activities, collaborating with team members, developing measurable goals and objectives, and monitoring progress from inception to opening day. Contact us for a consultation.

Hands on Heritage with Robin Van Auken

Lance Van Auken gives Torii Hunter a tour of the Hall of Excellence and Former Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave’s exhibit at World of Little League Museum. 

Our Services

Hands on Heritage accepts projects based upon merit and interest. We work with for-profit companies and non-profit organizations, as well as communities and educational facilities. From developing museums and parks to editing pamphlets and memoirs, projects can be large or small. As professional writers, we conduct research to locate and share stories that bind the past, present and future.

Museum Projects
Are you planning a museum project? Lance is a proficient and precise project manager. His expertise is in shepherding the later phases of the museum design process, which includes helping clients develop and select museum content, writing narratives, overseeing exhibit design, shop fabrication, graphic production and on-site installation. Working with the detailing team allows him to keep projects on schedule and budget. Robin’s background in museum education enhances her understanding of clients’ needs, and she has superior interview and writing skills.

Heritage Projects
All organizations have a history, however not all have a heritage. Conserve and protect it, endorse and promote it, and earn revenue from it with a project designed for your association. From creating an archive, to conducting oral histories, to designing a corporate history brochure, or a World Wide Web-based historical exhibit, we can assist in documenting the past and influence the future.

Research & records
Are you looking for proficient assistance in locating important historical records? Maybe you’re interested in locating photographs, newspaper articles, documents, advertisements, books, or other memorabilia related to your organization’s past? Perhaps you would like to find out more about your company’s founder, its responsibility during war and depression, or your original competitors. Using resources ranging from the Library of Congress and National Archives, to your local courthouse, newspaper and historical society, we can investigate for you.

Oral History Programs
An oral history program helps others profit from the well-deserved wisdom of the people who built your community, your business, or association. Documents tell merely a piece of any organization’s tale. With more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, we have conducted taped interviews with more than 500 individuals, including executives, media celebrities, officials, policymakers, industrialists, support staff and individuals.

Corporate Histories & Management Memoirs
Successful companies often require brief corporate histories for in-house use; some corporations desire an in-depth book for trade distribution. Perhaps you require a specialist to chronicle and illustrate your company’s story for publication. We provide guidance for new or existing book projects needing supplementary or outside help. If your company leader has a forceful story or captivating executive viewpoint to contribute, then consider sharing the secret of their success in a memoir. We are available to write, co-author, or ghostwrite a book or article on any topic.

Research in the Berkshires

Conducting historic research at a Berkshire cemetery.

Communications Package
Are you in need of a new website that’s connected to your social media accounts? How about a video that explains your business? We are convergent media experts, and our clients rave about our “intuitive” web development skills and communications package. In addition to our communication services, we have experience in developing print books, eBooks, websites, mobile sites, photo scrapbooks, video scrapbooks, multimedia projects, brochures, pamphlets, and manuals. We are “digital archaeologists” and enjoy working with and preserving old photographs.duals, including executives, media celebrities, officials, policymakers, industrialists, support staff and individuals.

Landmark Planning
Perhaps there is an important anniversary impending, a landmark for your municipality or organization? Maybe your town is celebrating its centennial or its bicentennial? These events offer the occasion to unify past, present and future into a significant commemoration. If you would like assistance with this event, we can offer as much – or as little – aid as you require for designing events, publications, promotion and memorabilia.

Archaeology/Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Resource Management phases are conducted in stages referred to as I, II and III. Hands on Heritage’s archaeologists assists its clients with small Phase I and II investigations, and if Phase III is needed, help you identify the best impact mitigation plan. Our archaeological fieldwork serves two purposes: we help the client move forward with site identification, leading to protection or mitigation, and we provide a hands-on learning opportunity to students and avocational archaeologists.

Projects: Hands on Heritage

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Little League Baseball and Softball

Muncy Historical Society

Muncy School District

City of Williamsport

Williamsport Sun-Gazette Newspaper

Other History-Related Books and Projects

Public Archaeology

  • Public Archaeology Digs
  • North Central Chapter 8
  • Registration of archaeological sites
    • Fisher Site — 36LY0316
    • Glunk Site — 36LY0345
    • Allegheny Airlines Flight 371 — 36LY0351

Philanthropy