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.
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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It’s more than apparent that the future is female — but let’s not forget that the past is female too. We draw inspiration from the stories of Native women leaders like Nanyehi “Nancy” Ward, a member of the Cherokee Nation who believed that women would be critical to establishing peace with white settlers.
Without a broad and accurate grasp on the origin of today’s issues, we cannot appropriately resolve them, much less build a stronger America for all. That’s why prioritizing education inside and outside the classroom is the first step in creating a better America.
Young people have always driven change; after all, we have to live the longest with the outcomes of the decisions happening now. When we asked our Gen Z fellows their wish for the future of the United States, what they decided on is a statement that might just help us all.
As part of the leadership behind Made By Us, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History education team is learning with Made By Us by thinking together about shared practices and priorities. These include collaboration across a wide network and making data-informed decisions on program offerings and resources.
Below the sketch of the Continental Congress, the historic establishment is also offering visitors to participate in its My Wish for U.S. initiative. Visitors who participate in this new initiative will be able to use their mobile device to share a vision, hope, or wish for the future of our country.
The center’s president and CEO, Andy Masich, jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with other museums to present U.S. history — geared to the younger generation, giving them a platform to express their thoughts. “It’s time to take stake as a nation in what we want to be when we grow up,” he said.
Across the country, over the last few weeks, people tuned into reports from D.C., Minneapolis, Atlanta and Los Angeles with emotions running high. One common reaction wove its way through the clutter of news articles, opinion pieces and tweets: a craving for history to help us understand how we got to where we are, and how to find a way forward.
If we had a wish, it would be, like our ancestors Ida B. Wells and Madam C.J. Walker, that the opportunity to have a voice in politics as both voters and public servants truly made available to all.
In partnership with MARS Wrigley and American Heritage Chocolate, and nonprofit and social enterprise, First Book, Made By Us is launching a special program entitled “My Wish for U.S.,” which will donate 20,000 books to more than 1,000 classrooms across America to help inspire civic engagement.
Books can open our eyes to new circumstances, but they can also help us develop a radical empathy for others and for the ties that bind us to the past, present and future. They put us in the story and connect us to our shared humanity.
The challenges we face now are unique and devastating, but the way to tackle them is the same: let us band together, share what we have and what we know, and grow our capacity to thrive among new-ness. That’s the engine that powers Made By Us, and we’d like to invite you to join us for the ride.
It was society’s latest test of civility — after an even more dramatic event: last week’s norm-crushing presidential debate. And it comes just in time for the annual San Diego conference on the subject, this year featuring Made By Us history organizations.