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Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly is author of Election Day: An American Holiday, an American History as well as a six-volume history of medicine. On her website, America Comes Alive!, she chronicles stories of America's past that are relevant to life today. Kate frequently addresses civic groups, and she has been quoted in publications such as Time and The Wall Street Journal and has appeared on World News Tonight, Good Morning America, The View, and The CBS Early Show.

Entries by Kate Kelly

Disneynature Film Bears Opens Friday, April 18

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Disneynature Bears is a perfect film for the whole family, particularly if you have young ones with an interest in science and nature. This film, the fifth theatrical release from the Disneynature division, transports viewers to parts of Alaska that most of us will never visit and puts us up...

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Book on World War II Sheds Light on Combat Stress

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:36 PM

In her book, Hidden Legacy of WWII: A Daughter's Journey of Discovery, author Carol Schultz Vento makes the compelling point that most books about World War II veterans have left an important part of the story untold. Little is said about the soldiers for whom it wasn't a "good war."...

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Elizabeth Thorn: Pregnant and Burying the Dead at Gettysburg

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:54 AM

During the Civil War, Elizabeth Thorn (1832-1907) was one of the many wives in both the North and the South who were left with the responsibility of keeping the family together and running the farm or the family business while their spouses went off to fight. Thorn's husband was caretaker...

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Guernsey Evacuees in World War II: A Forgotten Group, Their Story Told in a Worthwhile Book

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Upon hearing mention of the isle of Guernsey, most readers' minds will immediately jump to the pleasurable time they spent reading Mary Ann Shaffer's The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, published in 2008.

As it happens, Shaffer's book takes place at the same time as Gillian Mawson's...

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Eddie Anderson Broke Racial Barriers With Role of 'Rochester' on The Jack Benny Program

(10) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:36 PM

The year was 1937, and the first role offered Eddie Anderson on The Jack Benny Program on radio was that of a Pullman porter. It was to be a one-time part, but there was something about the gravely-voiced African-American actor that led the producers to use him again -- first...

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The Green Book: The First Travel Guide for African-Americans Dates to the 1930s

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:39 PM

"Traveling While Black" by Farai Chideya, published in The New York Times on Jan. 3, 2014, addresses what it is like to travel nationally and internationally as an African-American today. Among the points made is the fact that African-Americans are an ignored market segment by the travel industry....

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Extraordinary Women in Science and Medicine: Exhibit at the Grolier Club, NYC

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:39 PM

If more women than men graduate from college (60 percent vs. 40 percent) and women constitute half of today's work force, why is that barely one-quarter of those women work in the field of science?

This is all the more surprising when one adds in the fact girls' math...

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Glamour and Irresistible Appeal: In-Depth Pictorial Story of Hollywood's Golden Age

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 4:53 PM

"Charming" and "delightful" are the two words that best describe The Way We Wore: Styles of the 1930s and '40s by Marsha Hunt, a well-respected star of the golden age of Hollywood movies. The book, an art book of 400 pages featuring approximately 350 8 x 10 black-and white pictures,...

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How to Be Proud of the U.S. Despite Congress: The Good in our Country Is All Around Us

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:24 PM

At a time when Congressional members are behaving like little children with no teacher to step in and tell them to "work it out," it is very difficult to remember why we should be proud to be Americans.

To Be Proud, Look Local
At times like this, I...

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Fifty Years After President Kennedy's Assassination: Online Course about JFK Legacy Available at No Charge

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:34 PM

The Kennedy family is still a strong presence in the American psyche. In the last decade, Ted Kennedy (1932-2009) was a commanding presence in both the Senate and Democratic politics. And just this summer, daughter Caroline Kennedy was nominated by President Barack Obama to be ambassador to Japan.


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LAX Adds Therapy Dog Program to Lower Airport Stress

(6) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 11:02 AM

The very thought of going to the airport today brings up a feeling of dread in most of us -- the stress of preparing for a trip, the inconvenience of going through security, the uncertainty of when your plane will actually leave, and the annoyance of killing time in a...

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Starting a Conversation About Service Dogs in the Workplace

(11) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 12:01 PM

International Assistance Dog Week, August 4-10

Service dogs make the workplace accessible to many, yet not all work environments are welcoming to dogs.

Today, assistance dogs are being used in countless ways -- as PTSD dogs, as hearing alert dogs, as diabetic and seizure alert dogs, and to aid...

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Teaching Children to Read--With Help from Some Dogs

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:33 PM

If you ever want proof that our country is made up of inspirational people, turn away from Congress and look around your own community.

I found such inspiration when I came across Josie Gavieres and her seven-year-old, all-volunteer nonprofit, BARK TherapyDogs in Los Angeles County.


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Legendary Locals of Detroit

(4) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 1:47 PM

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 financial crisis. Michigan officials have appointed well-respected Kevyn Orr, a bankruptcy expert and partner in the Jones Day law firm to serve as emergency...

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Chinatown House: A Legacy in Need of Saving

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 10:49 PM

This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its list of most endangered historic places for 2013. One of the buildings listed is Chinatown House in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

If this building is demolished, the Inland Empire of Southern California will lose all signs -- every...

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Flag Day 2013 and the Star Spangled Banner: Manuscript and Author to be Reunited in Frederick, MD

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 12:01 PM

On Flag Day (June 14), the townspeople of Frederick, Maryland will host a big celebration to kick off the year leading up to the 200th anniversary of the composition of The Star Spangled Banner.

The poem that became the anthem was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key (1780-1843),...

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Woman-Owned, Minority-Owned Construction Company Marks 108 Years and Counting

(3) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:10 AM

"The road to success is always under construction," aptly quotes Cheryl McKissack Daniel, President and CEO of McKissack & McKissack, a New York construction company involved in many major infrastructure projects.

In her position as company head, Cheryl Daniel represents the fifth generation of the oldest family-run minority and...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 11:24 AM

"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 Island.

In the late 1800s, the island was an artists' colony known as Brighton Beach, but starting at the turn...

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The Red Heads, Famous Professional Women's Basketball Team, Honored at Big East Tournament

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 1:08 PM

During last weekend's Big East Women's Basketball Championship held at the XL Center in Hartford, visitors got an additional bonus: a viewing of materials related to the All American Red Heads (1936-1986). The memorabilia belongs to John Molina, whose grandmother played for the Red Heads many years ago. Molina has...

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New PBS Program Makers Puts Women's Movement in Context

(5) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:08 PM

MAKERS: Women Who Make America is debuting on PBS on Tuesday night, February 26, at 8 p.m. and has established a strong and ongoing web presence at . Thus far, the media coverage has focused on Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook. She is included in the...

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