What are “The Forgotten Files?”

We put the fun in ephemera!

I’ve been teaching history for years. Here’s some lost treasures from the past that got left out of your textbooks. I post artifacts with some context and include sources / links. Explore some of the archives that I feature.


About the author

Peter Pappas is a University of Portland-based educator, writer and instructional designer exploring frontiers of teaching, jazz, Macs, film, great books, and garlic. He also blogs at Copy / Paste and lurks on Twitter and Mastodon.

Find his university courses here: Social Studies Methods | Ed Tech

Historical Thinking Prompts

Use these prompts with the images to get your students to “think like a historian.”

~ Prompts from TPS Connect

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Peter Pappas

History, edu, jazz, biking, books, film, garlic. Teaching: University of Portland's School of Education. Online mentor for the Library of Congress' TPS program.