We are the only collaborative engine working to connect young adults – the future inheritors of the United States – with a crash course in history from a plurality of credible sources. We’re bringing history to backyards, bar stools and the ballot, unleashing renewed engagement and participation in civic life.

Check out some of our work below – and come be a part of it!

If you’re a partner in our coalition, or another organization looking to transform the way you serve Gen Z, we provide consultations, trainings, materials and frequent opportunities for connection and collaboration with brands, media and other orgs. Get in touch or log into the Resource Hub.

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Turbocharge Your Vote

It’s midterm election season, and we partnered with ActiVote to develop a custom portal to check your voter registration status, see the items on your ballot, AND get a quick lesson on the history of voting rights. Explore.

Want more? Keep an eye out for this badge, which identifies helpful resources from Made By Us partners to inform and inspire your voting. Or discover 15 Ways Museums and Historic Sites Can Support Voters.

Time Travel with Airbnb x Made By Us

To guide travelers in planning their visits to cities across the country, Airbnb and Made By Us have partnered to curate wishlists of new Airbnb Experiences created by museums, historic sites, archives and more nationwide. Go behind the scenes of history while supporting the keepers of the past as they recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The History You Didn't Get in School

The Civic Season: Juneteenth through the Fourth of July

First launched in 2021, the Civic Season is a new tradition from Juneteenth to July 4th that unites our newest federal holiday with our oldest, and makes room for all of our stories and contributions to the American story.

With 750+ activities and events from 300+ organizations to explore what you stand for, Civic Season rolls out the welcome mat for year-round participation in democracy — and is on track to become the youth-focused arm of the nation’s 250th commemoration in 2026.

We’re gearing up to go even bigger in 2023 – join us!

What is your wish for America’s future?

By dreaming up the kind of nation we want to live in, we can inspire action.

So we started with listening.

Launched in 2020, My Wish For U.S. invited anyone and everyone to voice their vision for the future of the United States as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary. It was the first program officially recognized by America250, also known as the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission. Thousands of people shared their hopes and dreams, creating a mini-dataset that guided our subsequent programming, including:

  • Giving 60,000 books to teachers in need, based on their classroom’s wish – with FirstBook and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate
  • Coaching young leaders on methods and tactics to make their wish a reality – with Vote By Design and Curious Catalyst Inc.
  • Holding dialogues with people from Raleigh and Pittsburgh to discuss tech-boom cities – with Better Arguments Project

Capturing the History of Now

“How will we remember what it was like?”

As we live through the history-making COVID-19 crisis, museums and cultural institutions stepped into action to document and preserve daily life and loss. We launched a crowdsourced map featuring over 500 initiatives nationwide.

The #TrashOrTreasureChallenge invited people to share what they would save to remember this time. Check out coverage on CBS This Morning.


For more than 2 years, we captured today’s changemakers using history as a tool to shape the world through a weekly series, #MBUMonday.



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