Scioto Historical is an educational mobile application and website that puts the history of Portsmouth, Ohio, and the surrounding Appalachian region in the palm of your hand. Learn about American and local history through map-based, interactive, multimedia presentations and experience professionally curated historical tours on your laptop, tablet, or on a screen in your classroom. With its free mobile app, Scioto Historical can guide you to historical locations and augment any walking or driving tour.

First launched in June, 2013, Scioto Historical is edited by Andrew Feight, Ph.D., Professor of American History at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. As a digital humanities and public history project, Scioto Historical seeks to transform how American and local history is studied, taught, and preserved in the digital age.

In partnership with area scholars, students, artists, and local cultural organizations, the project facilitates undergraduate digital research, while preserving the region’s history and advancing the practice of digital arts and humanities in southern Ohio and eastern Kentucky.

The Scioto Historical Project is an initiative of the Center for Public History at Shawnee State University and is funded, in part, thanks to the support of Shawnee State University's Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, SSU's Clark Memorial Library, and Office of the Provost. Additional support that has helped develop the project has been generously provided by the Scioto Foundation, the Ohio History Service Corps (AmeriCorps), Ohio Humanities, and the Shawnee State University Development Foundation.

Special thanks go to Michael Barnhart for additional audio and video design, Liz Blevins for her assistance with graphic design and public relations, Herb Roe for his artwork, and Janet Feight for her editorial assistance.


As a work-in-progress, new content and revisions are always under development and in production. Scioto Historical encourages submissions and we are always seeking rare historic images and reminiscences, as well as content partners and sponsors to add more stories and tours to the app and website. Email our editor, Prof. Andrew Feight (afeight@shawnee.edu) to see how you can help!

Scioto Historical  is available for free in the iOS App Store and the Google Play Android App Market.

Scioto Historical is powered by Curatescape, a mobile framework for the Omeka archival content management system. 

Rights and Reproduction

Photographs in the Scioto Historical website and mobile apps are used with the expressed permission of their creators, owners, or other caretakers (for example, a library or archive). Sources are cited in the captions for each image. For further information about photographs, including requests for reproductions, please contact the listed source directly. Please note that we cannot give the contact information of private individuals, nor are we empowered to grant permission for further use of any photographs.

Privacy Policy

Andrew Feight, Ph.D., Professor of American History at Shawnee State University, operates the Scioto Historical website and app. Whenever you use Scioto Historical, we collect basic information that your browser or device sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser or device version, content that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics, including your location (if you have given us permission to do so, e.g. by enabling location services in your browser or device). We use this information only to provide core functionality and do not collect personally identifiable information for marketing or any other purpose. On the website – but not in the mobile apps – Scioto Historical shares some collected information with Google for the purpose of analyzing general usage patterns. Google's terms and policies are available here. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us.