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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

Entrepreneurs & Inventors

Little-Known Story about the Gettysburg Address

For Americans, the mere mention of "Four score and seven years ago..." brings to mind President Lincoln giving the address he delivered at Gettysburg 149... continue »

Pills that Dissolve: An Important Invention by Upjohn

William Upjohn’s (1853-1932) name is familiar to anyone who looks in a medicine cabinet but what people probably don’t realize is that he was  ... continue »

The Yale Lock: Still Keeping Homes Safe 160 Years Later

In 1847 Linus Yale, Sr. (1797-1858) opened a lock shop in Newport, NY. His particular interest was creating locks that did a better job at securing... continue »

Veterans Day 2013: Saying Thanks to All Who Serve

November 11 is well-known as Veterans Day, and because Congress ultimately saw the wisdom of keeping it from being a floating holiday, celebrating it on... continue »

Apple Varieties Identified by Apple Detectives

At grocery stores this fall, shoppers are happy to see that it’s apple season, and they select the apple type they prefer and go home... continue »

Cans and Can Openers: The Inventors

Before the can opener could be invented, someone needed to create a can for food storage. Napoleon Bonaparte was actually the man behind the idea... continue »

Wonder Bread: The Most Famous White Bread

What we now know as Wonder Bread was first made by the Taggert Baking Company of Indianapolis. In 1921 the company was about to introduce... continue »

Bread-Slicing Machine: The Inventor

The invention of the bread-slicing machine eventually gave rise to the expression, "best thing since sliced bread."  Who was the inventor? One might expect that... continue »

Detroit People–Past and Present–Who Made a Difference

Detroit is an American city that deserves far more respect than it's getting right now. Most of the recent headlines have focused on the city's... continue »

Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween

The tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates to the Celts. As part of their autumnal celebration, they wanted to light the way to their... continue »

Halloween Mischief Night Preceded Trick or Treating

By the late 1800s, Hallow’s Eve had become a time for mischief-making. Some of the actions taken by young people were relatively harmless, such as... continue »

Halloween Costumes and How They Came About

Who will be first to ring your doorbell on Halloween? A ghost, a witch, a pumpkin with arms, or Minnie Mouse or a Super Mario... continue »