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

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Revolutionary War: The Women Who Should be Remembered

During the Revolutionary War, there were numerous women who heroically stood up for the Patriots’ cause, yet so often the stories we hear take on... continue »

Amy Carter and her Tree House: Growing Up in the White House

When the Carter family moved into the White House in January of 1977, Rosalyn and Jimmy made it clear that Amy, the youngest of their... continue »

Fun Facts about the U.S. Flag

In the middle of June we celebrate Flag Day (June 14), but knowing more about our flag really should not be limited to only one... continue »

Book on World War II Sheds Light on Combat Stress

In her book, Hidden Legacy of WWII: A Daughter's Journey of Discovery, author Carol Schultz Vento makes the compelling point that most books about World War... continue »

In Celebration of National Park Week: Admission to Parks is Waived

This weekend is the beginning of National Park Week (April 19-27), and on April 19 and 20, those parks that charge an entrance fee will... continue »

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 »