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Welcome to Hands on Heritage

Hands on Heritage is a unique, woman-owned company that consults on projects that connect communities and conserve cultural legacies. We provide solutions with an emphasis on interpretation and education. Hands on Heritage is operated by the professional team of Robin Van Auken and Lance Van Auken. Combined, we have 60-plus years of experience as writers, researchers, and historians.

Our clients often reach out when they require expert research, interviewing, and writing. Add oral history interviews, photos, and other ephemera to your story bank, with stories and images arranged around important themes. Have ready, digital access to this curated information and use it when designing products, creating brochures or exhibits, and promoting the heritage of your brand.

We work with municipalities and museums, corporations and communities. We adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice as we shepherd your storytelling project to completion. No project is too small, nor too large, to discuss.

My History Is America's History

What They Say …

Hands on Heritage has been a wonderful asset for the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership’s ‘Heart of Williamsport’ project. Robin’ brings experience and professionalism to her services, which are further enhanced by her dynamic enthusiasm and passion for her work. A true pleasure to work with!

Alice Trowbridge, Susquehanna Greenway

I have worked with Robin Van Auken for 10 years on community events designed for our Law Enforcement, Veterans, and Military Personnel while Chief of Staff for a former State Representative, and now with Lycoming County government. She has generously shared her expertise in research, communications and project management.

The Muncy Historical Society has worked with Robin Van Auken on a number of significant, and diverse, projects to benefit the Greater Muncy Area. We have always found her to be diligent, creative, and passionate in her efforts. Robin is easy to work with and has always been very responsive.

Hands on Heritage News

Bells of Peace

November 11 @ 11:00 am

Lance Van Auken of the World of Little League Baseball will take part in a national event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, ringing bells to remember those who gave their lives in the Great War.

Hands on Heritage is partnering with South Williamsport on a unique project, using collaborative storytelling and listening to connect people to what’s important in their hometown, leading to positive change in their community.

New Book in the Works

April 30, 2019

A new book by Robin Van Auken of Hands on Heritage, writing with Lou Hunsinger Jr., is in the works. Commissioned by Muncy Historical Society, the book will detail the history of the West Branch Canal and Muncy Heritage Park.

Case Studies: Hands on Heritage

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. Projects can be large or small.

Click on a project to read more.

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