Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

Entrepreneurs & Inventors

Women in Medicine: Little Known Crusaders Who Have Made a Difference

On March 4, 2014 I was invited to Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, to help them celebrate Women’s History Month.... continue »

Martha Ann Maxwell (1831-1881): Naturalist and Taxidermist

First woman field naturalist to obtain and prepare her own specimens Set a precedent for showing the animals in lifelike poses surrounded by a natural... continue »

Sacagawea: Only Woman to Accompany the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Served as interpreter and symbol of peace to Native Americans whom the Corps of Discovery  encountered on their trip West; Her knowledge of edible plants... continue »

April Fool’s Day in the U.S.

April Fool's Day has been a part of American life for a very long time. During the late 19th century food pranks were popular. Because... continue »

Guardian of the Manhattan Project: Dorothy Scarritt McKibbin

McKibbin served as the primary contact for people arriving to work on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico After the war, she remained... continue »

St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S.: Six Surprising Facts

1. St. Patrick's Day as a cultural holiday is an American invention -- the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in the United States... continue »

Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908-1998): Photographer and Chronicler of African-American Life

Had a true photographer’s eye for capturing people doing everyday things; took more than 80,000 images during his career, mostly of daily life in Pittsburgh... continue »

Alice Coachman (1923-2014): First African-American Woman to Win an Olympic Gold Medal

World-class athlete specializing in the high jump First African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (1948 in London); paved the way for other young... continue »

Marjorie Stewart Joyner (1896-1994): Inventor of a Permanent Hair-Wave Machine

Invented a permanent wave machine that added curl to straight hair and could be used to straighten curly hair Became national supervisor for more than... continue »

In Honor of Presidents Day

Today we celebrate both Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12)  and George Washington's birthday (February 22) on the same weekend, so in honor of both presidents... continue »

Esther Howland (1828-1904), First in America to Mass Produce Valentines

Even in the age of the Internet, the U.S. Post Office still delivers many, many valentines in mid-February. The mass-production of these cards all began... continue »

Victor Hugo Green (1892-1960), Creator of the Green Book–First Travel Guide for African-Americans

• Created The Negro Motorist Green Book, a travel guide for African-Americans that was needed because of Jim Crow laws • Civic leader and postal... continue »