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

Citizen Activism

Remembering September 11

Those of us who were alive on September 11, 2001, will never forget that day.  Whether we witnessed it on television, from the streets of... continue »

The Pledge of Allegiance and How It Has Changed

As the Pledge of Allegiance became more widely accepted after its introduction in 1892, various groups weighed in on the wording.  There have been alterations... continue »

Martin Luther King, Jr: Thoughts To Live By

This weekend we mark the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who changed America, and was only 39 when he was killed for... continue »

The Woman Behind the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

 This year, 2013, I was pleasantly surprised to walk through midtown Manhattan and note the Salvation Army bell ringers have transformed themselves with the times.... continue »

Where Were You on September 11?

Is there any American who doesn't approach September 11th with a feeling of sadness and the thought of, "What will I do? How will I... continue »

Memorial Day: Remembering All Who Have Served, Including Military Dogs

Memorial Day, initially known as Decoration Day, began shortly after the Civil War in the... continue »

What Happened on Terminal Island, Why It Matters and What is at Risk

"If a place doesn't exist, it's hard to tell the story," says Adrian Scott Fine, director of Advocacy for the Los Angeles Conservancy, as we toured Terminal... 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 »

The Man Who Pressed for Presidential Debates to Happen

In what can only be described as a miracle of Internet connectivity, I have heard from a person whom I mentioned in a blog post... continue »

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: A Postscript

In Washington, D.C. this weekend for the White House Correspondents' Dinner, I have three experiences to share with you, each of which has been changed... continue »

Thank you for Celebrating Women’s History Month with ACA

I arrive at today with mixed emotions: Part of me will be very glad not to have the pressure to post every day, but a... 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 »