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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

American Presidents & Their Families

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 »

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919): Growing Up to be President

Served as president from 1901-1909 Teddy Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family in New York City, but he suffered from poor health so he... continue »

Laddie Boy, Warren Harding’s Dog

Laddie Boy was an Airedale belonging to Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States (1921-23). Had Harding lived to serve a longer... continue »

Gerald and Betty Ford’s Golden Retriever, Liberty

Liberty, a presidential dog, surfaced as a good subject to profile because it provided variety to readers who may want to read about more than... continue »

LBJ’s Dogs

LBJ's most famous dogs were two beagles. Him and Her were born in June of 1963,  and were destined to be the best-known pets of... continue »

Fala, FDR’s Beloved Dog

The year was 1940 and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), the 32nd president of the United States had been in office since 1933, governing through the... continue »

George Washington’s Teeth: A President in Pain

Throughout his life George Washington (1732-1799) suffered from dental problems. He lost many of his teeth while still young. The story of his teeth reveals... continue »

Summer News Coverage: Usual Fare for First Families

Here are just a few of the news stories involving the president and his family over the course... continue »

In Times of War: Lincoln and the Holidays

In preparation for a panel discussion being held at Greenwich Library this month as part of the celebration of Lincoln's bicentennial, I began wondering how... continue »