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,

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.


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Press Release | June 15, 2020 | Made By Us Launches Its First Interactive Experience: My Wish For U.S., Inviting Everyone To Share Their Vision For The Future

The First Step To A Better Future? Having Difficult Conversations About The Past

The Blavity

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.

An invitation to Gen Z: Describe your wish for America

The Fulcrum

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.


Carpenters’ Hall creates connections from the past to the present

Metro Philly

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.

Heinz History Center is part of national collaboration for ‘Made By Us’ initiative

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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.

History can help shape the future. But first, we need to get comfortable with complexity

Thrive Global

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.

Collaboration for justice: How history's more inclusive past foretells our future

The Hill

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.

"Wishes for Books" program is giving 20,000 books to classrooms across America


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.

See more local coverage from WATE, WSPA, WSAT, KDVR, KSDK and WishTV.

Books Can Teach Empathy and Connect Past, Present & Future. That’s Why We’re Helping Teachers Fill Their Classroom Libraries

The 74

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.

Our Hidden Superpower: The Sum of our Parts

American Association for State and Local History

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.

Times of San Diego

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.