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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

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Dodger Stadium

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles has only been home to the Dodgers team for a little over fifty years. Here's how the Brooklyn team moved... continue »

Being a Visitor in Your Own Town: Greenwich Village through Fresh Eyes

Tourists may flock to whatever city any of us calls home, but generally we, the residents, are the last to visit the attractions in our... continue »

America’s Green Cathedrals–The Ballparks

With baseball season underway, here are a few fast facts about the sport: 1. Unlike football or basketball, the sport of baseball features playing fields... continue »

Major Quilt Exhibit Sponsored by the American Folk Art Museum Opens in NYC

From March 25-30, New Yorkers will have a unique opportunity to see the largest quilt exhibition ever mounted in the city--and the experience is free.... continue »

Comics of the Past: Appreciated on Many Levels

Forty or fifty years ago, parents either tolerated their children reading comic books or outright discouraged it because they "took up time that could be... 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 »

Comics Reclaimed for Kids by Kids and Educators

Comics used to be for kids, and nobody really approved of them. Whether the comics were about Archie, Richie Rich, or Batman, no one felt... continue »

Houdini’s Own Mysteries Revealed

Though he died almost 90 years ago, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) remains a well-known figure to Americans of all ages. Other magicians, David Blaine, Doug Henning,... continue »

Professional Boxing Makes for Intriguing Plot Lines in Movies

On January 16, the Golden Globes kick off the Hollywood awards season, so it seems a good time to examine a particular type of film--the... continue »

Eighty Years to Right a Wrong

Baseball, Politics and the Press A significant... continue »

Baseball and Politics: A Reminder of a Time They Intersected

Every now and then a great gift falls in one's lap unexpectedly. My most recent gift came in the form of a book, a sports... 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 »