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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The First Seeing Eye Dog is Used in America in 1928

In the early twentieth century, those without sight were marginalized members of society. They had no job options and no mobility, and had to rely... continue »

When Gasoline-Powered Cars Were First Used, Where Did They Get Gasoline?

This fall I taught a class at the Osher Institute at UCLA; the class was called American Moments and one day I was talking about... continue »

Little-Known Facts about the Pony Express and the Mail

  The Pony Express began in 1860 and only existed for eleven months, however, almost every American has heard about this early way of delivering... continue »

A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

A behind-the-scenes visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (known as TCL Chinese Theatre since 2013) is a not-to-miss opportunity. These tours are sponsored by the Los... continue »

Friday the Thirteenth in America

How did Friday the 13th become a day surrounded by superstition? In checking into the background of it, I was surprised to learn that Friday... continue »

A Few Facts About New Year’s

• Besides Auld Lang Syne, other popular songs for New Year’s are It was a Very Good Year (Frank Sinatra), Imagine by John Lennon, and... continue »

The Most Famous Song that No One Knows the Words To…

Given the season, you may already have guessed that “Auld Lang Syne” is the song to which I’m referring.  The song itself is an old... continue »

A Holiday Tradition: Driving the Neighborhood to See Decorations

In the midst of all the holiday chaos, many Americans still set aside an evening to load the family into the car and drive around... continue »

Exhibit About Alcatraz Currently Open on Ellis Island

The very name, Alcatraz, stirs fear and a twinge of excitement at the thought of... continue »

Duck Retriever Champion Honored on Conservation Stamp

King Buck (1948-1962), a handsome black Labrador, was a gifted athlete. As a National Duck Retriever champion, he completed an unprecedented 63 series in the... continue »

Dads in the Comic Strips: In Celebration of Father’s Day

For several generations, our cultural beliefs and family life have been reflected in newspaper comic strips. Even today the comics are so much a part... continue »

America As It Once Was: A Daily Gift

Author and historian David C. McCullough has said, "History is who we are and why we are the way we are." There is no doubt... continue »