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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 Dogs

Skippy: Asta from The Thin Man

In the 1930s, Skippy (Asta) was a huge dog star.  He lifted the hearts of people during the Depression, and everyone loved him. But Skippy... continue »

A Civil War Dog: Harvey and the Barking Dog Regiment of Ohio

We are 150 years from the time of the Civil War, so during our first week of the Dog Days of Summer I wanted to... 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 »

A July Salute to Military Dogs Like Cairo

Next week America Comes Alive kicks off its seventh (!) year of the Dog Days of Summer, telling America's story through its dogs. This weekend it... continue »

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

In Alaska today, the Iditarod dogsled race is celebrated as the "race of mercy," commemorating  the 1925 trip of dog teams from Anchorage to Nome. 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 »