What is your wish for America’s future?

My Wish For U.S. invites anyone and everyone to voice their hopes and dreams for the future of the United States, as we approach the nation’s 250th anniversary. This is our first step – by articulating the kind of nation we want to build, we can inspire each other to take action. My Wish For U.S. has been named the first program officially recognized by America250, the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission coordinating the largest, most inclusive commemoration of U.S. history yet – our 250th anniversary in 2026.

 

Growing Readers and Leaders

Through a collaboration with First Book and AMERICAN HERITAGE Chocolate, we gave away 45,000 books nationwide to Title 1 teachers who shared their vision at MyWishForUS.com.

 

The Future Made By Us Workshop Series

You’ve made your wish. What comes next? If you’re a young person today, you might already be involved in making change or thinking about how to help your community – and you know there’s a long road ahead for creating and sustaining the nation you want to live in. Made By Us can help you get there, putting history in your hands to shape the future.

Over the last several months, we hosted “The Future Made By Us” virtual workshop series. In each of these interactive, online sessions, we shared a different technique that futurists and innovators use to connect a vision for tomorrow with actions you can take today. Together, we explored Backcasting; Ecosystem Mapping and Power Mapping; and with Lisa Kay Solomon of the Stanford d.school, how to Vote By Design. With our partners at the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, North Carolina, we explored  how to “argue better” about tech boom tensions thanks to a partnership with the Aspen Institute’s Better Arguments Project.

Recent Highlights

You Are the Primary Source: These 500+ Cultural Institutions Want Your COVID-19 Story

We’re living through history, and museums and cultural institutions are documenting and preserving it all. We launched a crowdsourced map listing over 500 such initiatives nationwide. Find one near you.

Without Everyone’s Voice, History is an Incomplete Story

As museum directors, we know that so many institutions and their leaders have caused pain. We commit to doing better. Our goal is to offer a way for younger generations to write the story from their perspective, informed by the past. Read more from our Steering Committee leaders.

VIDEO: When You Can’t Put Turkey on the Table: The Past and Present of Food Justice in America

The holiday season may be a time of overindulgent holiday meals, gratitude and bountiful harvests for many, but there are millions of Americans who struggle to put food on the table every day—a problem with a long history that’s only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Watch the conversation.

VIDEO: Ask a Historian: Pandemics, Public Health and Uncertainty

HistoryMiami’s Resident Historian Dr. Paul George discusses the history of pandemics in America, using the past as inspiration as we navigate current uncertainties. Listen in.

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