There’s no end to making a more perfect union.

Powering our future with history.

For the first time ever, hundreds of history and civics organizations are coming together to build something together: Made By Us, an initiative to inspire, inform and empower Millennials and Gen Z as they shape our country’s future. 

Each generation shapes culture and conversation. Today’s young adults are seeking out trusted information on democracy and history to inform civic action. Made By Us is uniquely positioned to meet this need, drawing from across hundreds of history institutions nationwide to provide expertise, resources and deep connection to a fuller, more inclusive U.S. history from a multitude of voices. 

We present history in relevant, provocative and surprising ways, bringing information from museum cases and textbooks to devices, dinner tables and dorm rooms. Learn more.

 

 

Who We Are

Our national motto, e pluribus unum—out of many, one— is also the ethos of this group. We are hundreds of civic and history organizations collaborating across the country. Loudly and clearly, we recognize the opportunity presented in this transformative moment for institutions like ours to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about the future of our country. We are modeling a new path forward for the ways in which history serves the people. Now is the time for us all to step up. See all of our partners here.

History in Real Time

"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."

Alexis de Tocqueville

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Stay up to date with Made By Us. We’re committed to creating new ways to make a difference, and we can’t do it without you. By signing up, you’ll be the first to know about the latest experiments, experiences and ways to participate.






"Democracy is still upon its trial. The civic genius of our people is its only bulwark."

William James

FAQs

What exactly is Made By Us?

We are a collaborative engine from the nation's leading history organizations, working together to present history in relevant, timely ways, with and for today's young adults - for informed civic participation.

Young people today are driving an important conversation around democracy and history. Museums and historic sites have vetted resources, context and expertise that can help - but a coordinated effort is needed to get those tools in the hands of the next generation. Enter Made By Us, a dynamic bridge between trusted institutions and the future inheritors of our nation.

In our first year, we’ve launched a platform “My Wish For U.S.” to collect thousands of visions for America’s future, placed our history partners in new youth and civic spaces, and spun out dozens of articles, public workshops, panels and social media campaigns, serving as the translator and connective tissue between credible experts and curious young people. And there's lots more to come!

Who is it for?

Anyone and everyone who cares about participating in the future of the United States. We’re primarily interested in engaging younger generations that have more at stake, but anyone open to learning and sharing can participate.

Why now, when there are so many other ways to be engaged?

With a multitude of factual, trustworthy information cultivated from a wide variety of perspectives and voices, we are uniquely positioned to share a pluralist, inclusive history. That story - of, by and for all of us - is a catalyst for civic participation that moves the needle. We're driving the charge for institutions to step into their role as civic hubs and meet the needs - and the bar - of the next generation.

Why should we trust the groups behind this?

We have a remarkable cross-section of experts at the helm and extraordinarily comprehensive collections at our fingertips. And we're here to serve the public, to better understand what you need and how you need it.

If I get involved, will my personal information be secure?

Made by Us does not collect personal information about visitors to our websites unless you choose to provide that information to us. If you choose to provide an email address so that we can communicate with you, we will use that information to send you communication. You can view our complete Privacy Policy here.

Is this only for U.S. citizens?

Made By Us is for anyone and everyone who cares about the future of the United States, whether or not you have access to traditional forms of citizen power or the right to vote.