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

American Dogs

Sallie, Civil War Mascot

In 1861 the captain of the brand new Pennsylvania infantry unit (the 11th Volunteer Infantry)  was busy training his regiment in West Chester, Pennsylvania, when... continue »

The Iditarod: Also About the Exploration of Alaska

As the 2013 Iditarod gets underway in Alaska starting March 2, many eyes will be paying attention to the dogs and teams and how they... continue »

You Lucky Dog! New Ebook From America Comes Alive!

You Lucky Dog! is an uplifting compilation of true stories about homeless dogs that somehow survived and thrived to become local or national celebrities. Kate... continue »

A Dog on the Battlefield and the Character of George Washington

George Washington was said to have been a man who loved dogs and owned many. He was an avid hunter, and most of his dogs... continue »

Trainer Willy Necker and His Dogs

Willy Necker was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1909. His father was a building contractor who raised dogs as a hobby so Willy grew up... continue »

A Dog Story from 1875

“Dogs cannot laugh, except with their tails; and their laugh is a laugh of joy.”  How can one resist a story that begins with that... continue »

Frank Lloyd Wright and Two Dog Stories

One doesn’t often luck into a story about Frank Lloyd Wright that provides not one but two dog stories, but when a long-time reader told... continue »

First Dog to Cross U.S. by Auto

In 2003 Ken Burns released a delightful documentary, Horatio’s Drive, telling the story of the very first cross- country trip by automobile. The trip was... continue »

The Dog on the Hoover Dam

In 1932 a part-Labrador puppy with a jet black coat and a white blaze on his chest was said to have been born in the... continue »

Three Sweet Dog Stories

While researching various topics, I come upon some amazing stories. I think you will agree they are well worth sharing: The New York Times, December... continue »

The Pets of Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)

Woodrow Wilson who served as president from 1913-1921 grew up in Virginia with a beloved greyhound named Mountain Boy. He and his first wife, Ellen... continue »

The Story of Toto/Terry

The 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz is memorable for many reasons, and one of them is certainly the presence of Dorothy’s adorable dog,... continue »