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

Entrepreneurs & Inventors

Who Invented the Shopping Cart?

The shopping cart was invented in the mid-1930s by Sylvan N. Goldman (1898-1984). Goldman ran a grocery store chain called Humpty Dumpty, and he observed... continue »

Rags: World War I Dog Hero

Rags, who became a World War I dog hero, was originally just a Rags with Sgt. Hickman who helped rescue him,... continue »

Gold Rush Dog: Nero

Nero was a big St. Bernard who became an important figure during the... continue »

Ice Cream Cones: The True Story

The ice cream cone is said to have originated at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri, in... continue »

Bear Cubs at the White House

Two bear cubs were the most unusual animals to be in... continue »

Celebrating American Expansion this Fourth of July

Today we know that much of the land that constitutes the United States of America was obtained by ill-gotten means.  Those who preceded us disregarded... continue »

White Castle Hamburgers: The Story

White Castle holds the title of being the first fast-food restaurant inthe world. Their original hamburger eatery opened in Wichita, BLOOMINGTON,... continue »

The Delacorte Clock in Central Park Zoo

The Delacorte Clock in Central Park has been delighting families with its carousel of animals dancing to musical chimes since it was first created in... continue »

Robert Ripley Brought an Expanded World to Audiences

Robert Ripley (1890-1949) achieved worldwide fame through his "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" column, a wildly popular... continue »

Bubble Gum: How Dubble Bubble was Invented

Bubble gum.  Few adults chew it, but all of us surely chewed the delightful pink stuff while growing up:  the sweet smell when unwrapping the... continue »

Why Emancipation Day is Held April 16 in Washington, D.C.

Slaveholding was still a way of life for some residents of Washington, D.C. even after the Civil War began.  But in 1862 that changed. The... continue »

The Woodcraft Indians: Ernest Thompson Seton, Founder

The Woodcraft Indians organization was an American forerunner of the Boy Scouts. Ernest Thompson Seton (1860-1946) was its founder.  In forming the Woodcraft Indians in... continue »