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

War Stories

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 »

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Growing Up to be President

Served as president from 1953-1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower came to national prominence and was elected to the presidency in 1953 because of his esteemed military... continue »

Honoring the Veterans and Those Who Tell Their Stories

Today we have both video and audio reports from war zones, and whenever there is breaking news we can access as much information about a... continue »

Trainer Willy Necker and His Dogs

Willy Necker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1909. His father was a building contractor who raised dogs as a hobby so Willy grew up... 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 »

Dorie Miller (1919-1943), Hero of World War II

Serving in a noncombat role in the Navy, Dorie Miller responded heroically when the battleship West Virginia was attacked at Pearl Harbor Because the Navy... 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 »

Mae West Life Preserver: Countless Owe Lives to It

Most of the time, it’s the little things that count. Anyone in the military knows that the mode of transport and the types of firepower... continue »

Rin-Tin-Tin: The True Story

Like most Hollywood legends, the story of Rin-Tin-Tin has many versions. One California professor has gone to great lengths to document the truth. From the... continue »

The Government Asked For Pets for Defense in the 1940s

What if the U.S. government wanted your dog to enlist in the military? That's exactly the request that went out in 1942 shortly after Pearl... continue »

Chips, First Dog Sent Overseas in World War II

Chips was a mutt--a mix of German Shepherd, Collie, and Siberian Husky--living happily with the Edward Wren family in Pleasantville, New York when World War... continue »