The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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The themes presented here explore the trans-Appalachian West from the beginning of European-American settlement to the end of the frontier period, focusing particularly on the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky. These themes examine how those who came to the West encountered its possibilities and challenges, and also how they understood and interpreted their encounters with other western peoples and cultures.

Below is an alphabetical list of subjects. You may also browse by subject on the digital exhibit page.

African Americans


Business and Economy


Migration & Immigrants

Native Americans

Natural History & Medicine

Politics & Government

Social Customs

War & Warfare