Appalachian Trail Histories


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This website is the creation of Professor Mills Kelly and his students in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. The project is a prototype for a public digital history effort that will eventually, encompass the many histories of the Appalachian Trail.

The historical material available on this site may be accessed in several ways. There is an Archive that currently includes more than 250 discreet historical objects. The Archive can be searched by keyword, by Dublin Core metadata, by tag, or using the map interface. In addition to the Archive, items in the database are gathered in Collections according to their larger subject area. The core of the project, however, are the exhibits Exhibits offered on this site are either created by the site's publisher (Mills Kelly) or by undergraduate students. Each exhibit is devoted to a particular aspect of the history of the Appalachian Trail.

We invite you to browse through the archive, the collections, and the exhibits on this site to learn more about America's most iconic long distance national scenic hiking trail.


Coming soon: names of students with links to their exhibits and brief bio.

Mills Kelly: Professor of History, George Mason University.