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 bigger and better together: Made By Us, an initiative to inspire, inform and empower the next generation shaping our country’s future. 

Young people have always shaped culture and conversation. Today, Millennials and Gen Z are seeking out trusted information on democracy and history to inform their civic participation. 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 your 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 have come together in an unprecedented way, pooling resources and bringing the best we each have to offer, so that we might harness the spirit of collaboration and tap into our varied strengths—across regions, disciplines, and methods. 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

Get Involved

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


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?

We’re so inspired by all of the communities taking initiative around the country. We believe we’re uniquely positioned to leverage history as a catalyst for all of the other organizations doing great work. So, we view our contribution as additive. Plus, as people aren’t always sure whom to trust, we know that it is core to our mission to present fact-based source material as well as ways to understand and interpret historical content in context, as a piece of a greater puzzle.

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?

No way! While voting is one of the most powerful ways to impact the future of the United States, we know that many engaged community members don’t have access to that tool for a variety of reasons. We need to give all voices a way to drive change in the next 250 years as we embody our founding ideals.