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

American Dogs in the Military

The news that a dog had been an important member of the team that brought down Osama Bin Laden in the spring of 2011 highlighted... continue »

Loretta Walsh: First Woman to Enlist in Navy

Loretta Perfectus Walsh was the first woman to enlist in the U.S. Navy (March 17, 1917) and the first woman to reach the rank of... 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 »

George Washington’s Teeth: A President in Pain

Throughout his life George Washington (1732-1799) suffered from dental problems. He lost many of his teeth while still young. The story of his teeth reveals... continue »

Embalming Invented During Civil War

HOW THE CIVIL WAR CHANGED FUNERAL... continue »

Postage Stamp Honors Late Cartoonist Bill Mauldin

If you have ever stopped by the post office to buy a special type of stamp for a wedding invitation or a holiday card, then... continue »

Your Opinion Matters

"I know you would all like to see a really strong health care reform bill go through by the end of the year so that... continue »

Summer Care Packages Have Honorable Heritage

With sleep-away camps in full swing this month, package delivery services are also a little busier than usual as parents send "care packages" filled with... continue »