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

Only in the USA

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Charlotta Spears Bass (1874-1969): Newspaper Owner Who Fought for Civil Rights

• First African-American woman to own and operate a newspaper • Crusaded against job and housing discrimination, police brutality, and media stereotyping. Advocated for civil... continue »

The California Eagle: A Newspaper for a Black Readership That Was Ahead of Its Time

The California Eagle, a newspaper for black residents of Southern California, was the brain child of John James Neimore (1862-1912). Neimore, a California newcomer, observed... continue »

Will Rogers (1879-1935): His Wisdom Still Applies Today

Will Rogers was a part-Cherokee American who grew up in Indian Territory and began his career in vaudeville doing rope tricks; he went on to... continue »

Martin Luther King, Jr: Thoughts To Live By

This weekend we mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who changed America, and was only 39 when he was killed for... continue »

The True Inventor of Blue Jeans

I recently visited the Autry National Center here in Griffith Park in Los Angeles and enjoyed their exhibit, "Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic." One... continue »

Before the Rose Bowl There was the Tournament of Roses

What we know as the Rose Bowl Parade dates to 1890 and was conceived by the Valley Hunt Club of Pasadena. Members decorated their horse-drawn... continue »

Times Square Ball Drop and the Story Behind this New Year’s Eve Tradition

At one minute before midnight on December 31, 2015, people from around the world will welcome the year 2016 when the sparkling New Year’s Eve... continue »

The White House and Holidays Past

Even in the 1920s, the economy had quite an effect on the holidays, starting with changes for the president and his family. In 1928 Herbert... continue »