I teach History at a Montreal-area College and this is my blog about everything History.  Welcome!

I love history! But I get annoyed at how much fake, wrong, pilfered, or out-of-context stuff is out there on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, etc. So this site is my place to post historical photos and artifacts that have been: verified, show as much context as possible and are cited to show ownership.

Everyone always says that the benefit of learning history is so that we can learn from our mistakes. I think the number one benefit of learning history is its ability to teach empathy and understanding. The photos and artifacts on this site are chosen to show that humans, no matter their time period, culture, religion, language or location share things in common. From a 2000-year old child’s doll from ancient Rome, to a medieval portrait of family life, to a family vacation to the beach 125 years ago, to a field trip to the zoo from 115 years ago, to a turn-of-the-century baby learning to walk, to a president’s love letter to his wife – I love things that show that humans, no matter the time period, are humans.

Enjoy!! I’m looking forward to reading and responding to your comments!!

Contact: historykicksass@gmail.com


71 Responses to About

  1. tkmorin says:

    Like I said, great posts! Thanks! 🙂

  2. tkmorin says:

    I really like your blog, and I want to share it with others, so I’ve nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blog” award. You can learn more about it at my blog: http://tkmorin.wordpress.com/awards/ 🙂

  3. Soz for using this wall to contact you, but I didn’t know how to do so, and I guess this will also interest you…. Do you know if there’s any way to get free access to the Matson Collection where these pics come from? it seems that the amount of images and info from late 19th c. to 1930 must be quite impressive! http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/03/18/once_upon_a_time_in_baghdad_iraq

  4. Alexandra says:

    Hello Mrs Korte!
    This is a past student of yours talking, I could not find your e-mail address on the college’s website! Nor who is in charge of the world studies department. I would like to run a seminar next Fall semester and I do not know who to ask! Could you please help?

    • Hi Alexandra! Glad to hear from you!

      Email me at historykicksass@gmail.com and we’ll discuss. I’m sure the students would love to hear from you, I’ll make sure you get the email address of the right person to speak to. Just let me know the topic you were thinking about in your email. Hope all is well with you!

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  6. moore314 says:

    Hi! It’s my honor to present you with the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! Have fun with it 🙂

    • Thanks so much!! 🙂 It is much appreciated. I look forward to making many more comments on your lovely posts about vintage books.

      • moore314 says:

        You’re very welcome! Please, do not feel obligated to comment, only when you have time – I know how busy the professor life can be!. I enjoy your historical finds very much 🙂

  7. Great blog, you commented on my post, I am considering training to teach history myself! Would you be able to give me some advice 🙂

  8. Pierre Lagacé says:

    Thank for visiting my blog… Did I say blog?
    I have a whole lot more.

    Former history teacher who only taught it for two years out of 34.

    Lest We Forget

  9. Andy says:

    Thank you for visiting me at City Jackdaw- not been going long so not much history there yet!
    But I love history too-right back to the Neolithic! Best wishes from 21st century Britain.

  10. Andy says:

    Oh deinitely, I am a big Lennon fan. (Wife rolls eyes, puffs out cheeks.)

  11. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award. And you can check it out here:

  12. TravelJackie says:

    I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Please see my homepage to find out how to accept the award and pass it onto fellow bloggers.

    • Thanks so much! You’ve made my day – it’s nice to be noticed by a fellow history teacher. 🙂 And I’m SOOOO jealous of your trip to Egypt. Can’t wait to do the same myself as I’m a huge nerd for ancient history.

      • TravelJackie says:

        No problem. I enjoy seeing your history posts. Your statue butts post cracked me up. When I was at the Museum of Fine Arts last weekend I caught myself staring at all the butts because of your post. 🙂 Egypt was amazing. Travel journal from my Egypt trip coming soon.

      • Ha! I know, right? Since I posted that, I can’t look at a statue the same anymore.

        And I can’t wait for the journal! I may not go with Contiki, but most tour companies follow the same routes so I’m looking forward to reading up on my future trip. 😉

      • TravelJackie says:

        Contiki was incredible for one reason-Sherif. Best tour guide ever. We also paid less for the same accommodations as other tours. Because if the decline tourism we got upgraded to their hotels and ship.

  13. A. Mittal says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and liking it. Your blog really have kick ass history 🙂

  14. Nadine, I thoroughly enjoy your blog posts. I particularly like that so much of what you present is available online and a motivation for others to explore these fantastic digital resources.


    Robert Connolly

    • Robert – Thanks so much for the nice comment! It is amazing just how many historical documents are published online, on reputable sites run by archivists and historians. I wish this was available when I was going through school! It’s always been my opinion that history is best learned by looking at the documents themselves rather than just using a textbook; I always found I identified with the humans who wrote them better when I saw the actual copy. I think that’s archaeology’s charm as well: you can see and handle the artefacts yourself!

  15. TravelJackie says:

    I nominated you for the Pirate’s Admiration Award. Check out the post below for details:

  16. Kelly M says:

    Hi Nadine, I’ve nominated your blog for a Versatile Blogger Award. I’ve just seen that someone else has beaten me to it but you’re welcome to check out my blog post anyway. 😉


    • Thanks so much, Kelly, for the nice description you wrote about my blog on your post! 🙂 Made my day!

      And I think I added just about everyone else on your list – great choices! 🙂

      • Kelly M says:

        You’re very welcome. You’ve done an excellent job with this blog so I thought the hard work should be recognized. 🙂

        Hope you enjoyed looking through those other blogs. It was hard to pick 15 but I think I did OK. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 🙂

  17. jalajolie says:

    Great blog! Thanks for following my blog – I’m looking forward to reading your posts. 🙂

  18. I just started following you blog. I love all the historical pictures. In case you are interested, here is a county library in New Jersey’s digital postcard link. The postcards are regional to Burlington County NJ and New Jersey at large, but some of great to look at. http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/nj-historic-postcard-images-collection

  19. I love your blog!!! Especially the make-overs- Please do more-
    I am also a teacher of history and love your spin- And thanks for liking my blog, http://frommypenandpower.wordpress.com/

  20. thanks for reading my website. if you have some obscure historical event that I can use, please let me know

  21. Hello! I hope you’re well. I’m Cristian from http://www.itshistorypodcasts.com

    I really like your site and many of the articles on it! With that in mind, I have a question/proposal for you.

    How could we best contact you? Alternatively (and preferably!), send us a message at info@itshistorypodcast.com if you want to find out more.

    Many thanks – Cristian

  22. gpcox says:

    It’s very nice to meet you and I’m happy you have chosen history as a major interest.

  23. robertlfs says:


    I would like for you to consider doing an interview for my blog (rcnnolly.wordpress.com) Drop me an email if interested at rcnnolly@memphis.edu



  24. Hi Nadine, meant to say hi a while ago. I am curious what history topics do you teach at Montreale area College ?

  25. seaangel4444 says:

    Hi there! Absolutely an honor to be following your blog. Despite the fact that history has had its ass kicked, you are completely correct: History Kicks Ass!! Love it! Thank you for this amazing blog! Cher xo

  26. seaangel4444 says:

    Hi my dear! I have nominated you for the Awesome Blossom and Lighthouse Awards. Please get the badges at http://wp.me/p4doQv-a0 and more info as well. I hope you have a fantastic day! Cher xo

  27. Trinity says:

    Hi! Thanks for joining me at History Undusted! I love your pictures; an image is worth a thousand words, and they capture the essence of a moment in history like nothing else! Three cheers for history nerds! 😀

  28. I nominate you as a liebster award nominee. Click to follow and accept! http://interactiveancients.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/liebster-award/

  29. History is great! Wonderful blog.

  30. E says:

    Are you on twitter?

  31. Hi there! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Please see http://stephenliddell.co.uk/2014/08/29/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/ for details 🙂

  32. Trinity says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with your view on history, and the humanity of it all! You may be interested in one of my blogs, http://www.historyundusted.wordpress.com – my focus is mainly European history as that’s home (Switzerland), but all history is fascinating. We can only know where we’re headed if we understand where we’ve come from…

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