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. 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."
Be a part of what we're building. You’ll be the first to know about the latest experiments, experiences and ways to participate.
What is Made By Us?
We are a collaborative engine from the nation's leading history organizations, working together to present a fuller, more inclusive history in relevant, timely ways, with and for today's young adults - for informed civic participation.
Today, young adults are driving an important conversation around democracy and history. Museums and historic sites have trustworthy resources, context and expertise that can help. Enter Made By Us, a dynamic bridge between trusted institutions and the future inheritors of our nation.
In our first two years, we’ve launched platforms like My Wish For U.S. collecting thousands of visions for America's future, and the Civic Season, a new tradition between Juneteenth and July 4th to turbo-charge our democracy with the power of history. We've built a large coalition of partners and begun to change the way institutions serve the next generation. Through our social media community, outlets like Teen Vogue and the Blavity, and public programs, workshops and events, we've become the essential connective tissue between credible experts and young adults leading the way.
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 does history matter? What makes Made By Us different?
History is the first building block of civic engagement. To understand where we're going, we need to understand how we got here. And once you know how we got here, well, that can be a catalyst to inspire and inform YOUR participation in democracy today.
But no single museum, or voice, or program can tell the full story of the United States.
With a multitude of perspectives and trustworthy sources represented in our coalition, we are uniquely positioned to share history that represents all of us. We're getting those resources in the hands of the next generation by helping cultural institutions step into their role as civic hubs.
Why should we trust the groups behind this?
We're not a single source – we have a remarkable cross-section of experts at the helm and extraordinarily comprehensive collections at our fingertips, and take care to ensure accuracy, accessibility and quality scholarship in everything we produce. We also make our process transparent, pulling back the curtain on "how we do history" on social media and Medium..
If I get involved, will my personal information be secure?
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.
How can I get involved?
We're so glad you asked. Whether you're newly stepping into your civic power, or just curious about this project, or represent an institution wanting to join up, we have many ways to participate! Check out our current opportunities.