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

Sports, Cars & Other Pastimes

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige (1906-1982), Legendary Pitcher

One of the greatest baseball pitchers of all times Great crowd-pleaser who attracted huge audiences wherever he was Leroy Robert Page was born in Mobile,... continue »

The Nicholas Brothers: Fayard (1914-2006) and Harold (1921-2000)

Magical tap dancers; charismatic performers The Nicholas Brothers never became the household names that Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire became, but they deserve to have... continue »

Pal, the Wonder Dog, and his Offspring Pete

During the 1920s pit bulls were one of the most popular family dogs in the United States. They were so well-liked that a pit bull,... continue »

Yankee Stadium 1923-2009

Just as they do today, New Yorkers of the past had several places where they could go to watch baseball. The first field used, starting... continue »

Wrigley Field

Wrigley Field opened on April 23, 1914 and is one of America’s oldest stadiums. Many of its early elements are still in place today, giving... continue »

Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has only been home to the Dodgers team for a little over fifty years. Here's how the Brooklyn team moved... continue »

Being a Visitor in Your Own Town: Greenwich Village through Fresh Eyes

Tourists may flock to whatever city any of us calls home, but generally we, the residents, are the last to visit the attractions in our... continue »

America’s Green Cathedrals–The Ballparks

This month we will take a quick peek at some historic facts about four baseball parks—Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, and Dodger Stadium. To... continue »

Major Quilt Exhibit Sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum Opens in NYC

From March 25-30, New Yorkers will have a unique opportunity to see the largest quilt exhibition ever mounted in the city--and the experience is free.... continue »

Comics of the Past: Appreciated on Many Levels

Forty or fifty years ago, parents either tolerated their children reading comic books or outright discouraged it because they "took up time that could be... continue »

The Apollo Theater and How It Shaped American Entertainment

Since its inception as a black performance space in 1934, the Apollo Theater in Harlem has been a home to black performers through the years;... continue »

Comics Reclaimed for Kids by Kids and Educators

Comics used to be for kids, and nobody really approved of them. Whether the comics were about Archie, Richie Rich, or Batman, no one felt... continue »