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


White Christmas The Story Behind the Song

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas has notched many top positions on “best-selling” and “most--recorded” lists. Exact numbers are difficult to pin down even by the careful... continue »

The Apollo Theater and How It Shaped American Entertainment

Since its inception as a black performance space in 1934, the Apollo Theater in Harlem has been a home to black performers through the years;... continue »

How a 1920s Technology Changed Music

A CELEBRATION OF CROONING AND THE LOVE SONG Just as the development of e-mail in the 1990s has forever changed the love letter, the technology... continue »