Meeting curiosity with credibility

Made By Us unleashes access to history and civics education for young adults by meeting them where they are with credible, timely content and resources sourced from a nationwide network of cultural institutions.

Our Story

Born in 2018 and launched in 2020 as a collaborative effort of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Senator John Heinz History Center, National Archives Foundation, Atlanta History Center, HistoryMiami Museum and New-York Historical Society, with leadership from First Americans Museum, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Conner Prairie and Colonial Williamsburg, Made By Us has grown into a movement of hundreds of participating institutions across the United States, joining forces to share credible, pluralist history and civics information for the generation ready to put it into action.

Leadership

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Who We Are

Our Coalition

The Made By Us Board of Directors is uniquely composed of leading history museum directors from across the United States.

Neil A. Barclay

President and CEO

Charles Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit, MI

Norman Burns

President and CEO

Conner Prairie

Fishers, IN

Natalia Crujeiras

CEO and Executive Director

HistoryMiami Museum

Miami, FL

Cliff Fleet

President and CEO

Colonial WIlliamsburg Foundation

Williamsburg, VA

Sheffield Hale

President and CEO

Atlanta History Center

Atlanta, GA

Anthea Hartig

Elizabeth MacMillan Director

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Washington, DC

Jim Pepper Henry

President and CEO

First Americans Museum

Oklahoma City, OK

Patrick Madden

Executive Director

National Archives Foundation

Washington, DC

Andy Masich

President and CEO

Senator John Heinz History Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Louise Mirrer

President and CEO

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY

Jorge Zamanillo

Emeritus Member

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino

Ann Burroughs

Emeritus Member

Japanese American National Museum

Frances Levine

Emeritus Member

Missouri Historical Society

Leslie Greene Bowman

Emeritus Member

Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

About Us

Our Approach

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Our Mission

Knowing "how we got here" is the first building block of civic engagement. Once you see yourself in the story of history, you can be informed and empowered to shape the future.

As the U.S. prepares to mark 250 years, younger generations have the most at stake from our future. They are seeking credible context and ways to take action.

Museums and historic sites have vast, multi-perspective expertise to offer - and together we can share a fuller, richer history than any single source. Made By Us harnesses this strength, with audience-first approaches, to connect those ages 18-30 with our past, present and future.

Knowing "how we got here" is the first building block of civic engagement. Once you see yourself in the story of history, you can be informed and empowered to shape the future.

As the U.S. prepares to mark 250 years, younger generations have the most at stake from our future. They are seeking credible context and ways to take action.

Museums and historic sites have vast, multi-perspective expertise to offer - and together we can share a fuller, richer history than any single source. Made By Us harnesses this strength to connect those ages 18-30 with our past, present and future.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

Made By Us brings history to younger generations in innovative and meaningful ways, so they have more fuel to power the future.

01

To inform and empower Gen Z

Content and programs that foster belonging and connection with our nation's story

02

Future-proof institutions

Increase knowledge, skill and capacity with trainings, research and opportunities

03

Build a culture of civic participation

Commemorate America's 250th anniversary with Civic Season, a new tradition.

Support Us

We have received generous support, inspiration and leadership from supporters and champions including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Coca-Cola Company, Jacqueline B. Mars, Marcia Carlucci, Forrest E. Mars Jr. and Jacomien Mars, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, KIND, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, Curious Catalyst, Inc., Brand Building Communications, and our network of partners who contribute financially and in-kind.

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