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 Presidents & Their Families

Eleanor Roosevelt: Foster Parent for World War II Refugees

Throughout her life, Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) was a humanitarian, always finding ways to play an active role in helping others.   She was particularly affected by... continue »

In Honor of Presidents Day

Today we celebrate both Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12)  and George Washington's birthday (February 22) on the same weekend, so in honor of both presidents... continue »

Thanksgiving and the Presidential Pardon

This week I intended to look back at previous Thanksgiving celebrations in the White House, but I became distracted by other things that I decided... continue »

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 »

The Truman Dogs

"If you want a friend in Washington," Harry Truman once said, "get a dog." He also said: “Children and dogs are as necessary to the... continue »

Abraham Lincoln’s Dog, Fido

While living in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln family had several animals including a dog named Fido (ca. 1855-1865).  Fido was a yellow, mixed-breed dog who... continue »

The Pets of President John F. Kennedy’s Family

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was the youngest candidate ever to be elected president, and he served from 1961-1963. (This year we will mark the 50th... continue »

George Washington (1732-1799): Childhood and Early Years

President from 1789-1797 Today we know that the “I cannot tell a lie” statement George Washington was supposed to have made to his father after... continue »

Abraham Lincoln’s Childhood: Growing Up to Be President

We have all heard the story of Abe Lincoln growing up in a log cabin, but the additional details about his childhood make it all... continue »

The Other Lincoln Movie: Saving Lincoln

Just as Steven Spielberg filmed a little-known story of Lincoln and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, two other filmmakers, screenwriting duo Nina and Salvador... continue »

Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Growing Up to be President

Served as president from 1953-1961 Dwight D. Eisenhower came to national prominence and was elected to the presidency in 1953 because of his esteemed military... continue »

The Dogs of Rutherford B. Hayes

Rutherford B. Hayes (1822-1893) served the country honorably and held to the reforms he believed in, yet he is best remembered as “Rutherfraud B. Hayes”... continue »