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

Civil War Stories

During the Civil War, Some Heroes Had Hooves

If you have a pet, then you are well aware that Americans spend a great amount of money on their animals. In addition to food,... continue »

The Other Lincoln Movie: Saving Lincoln

Just as Steven Spielberg filmed a little-known story of Lincoln and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, two other filmmakers, screenwriting duo Nina and Salvador... continue »

Living Legacy Project Gives Thanks to Civil War Veterans by Planting New Trees–620,000 of Them

In commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) partnership has launched an initiative of national significance called... continue »

Gettysburg and Its Important Place in Our American Story

Last week I visited Gettysburg and learned what it means when we hear, "the acts of men shaped the fate of a nation..." Being there... continue »

National Park Week Celebration Continues: The Movies 100 Years Ago

Most of us love going to the movies. Whether we are there to be entertained, enlightened, or to be exposed to other worlds, we love... continue »

Susie King Taylor (1848-1912), Educator, Author, Activist

First woman to openly teach former slaves at a school in Georgia. Only African-American woman to publish a memoir of her work during the Civil... continue »

Martin Luther King and the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial

Today, on the threshold of the commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, we are fulfilling one... continue »

Embalming Invented During Civil War

HOW THE CIVIL WAR CHANGED FUNERAL... continue »