Made By Us

Made By Us For the first time ever, hundreds of history and civics organizations are coming together to build something bigger: an initiative to use history to power the future.

Made By Us inspires, informs, and empowers changemakers to shape the next 250 years.

Mission: By 2026, Made By Us will be a leading catalyst for shaping the future of our country by empowering younger generations to know and act on the promise of the United States of America’s founding ideals: equality, rights, liberty, opportunity and democracy. This bold, new initiative will achieve this by connecting Americans to hundreds of history and civic organizations nationwide through a multi- purpose digital platform and activations that help place timely issues in historical context. Since informed participation is the critical lever to help get us closer to realizing America’s founding ideals at 250, we help real people address real issues in real time—with tools powered by history.

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Claudette Colvin was just 15 when she harnessed the power of those who came before her, and refused to give up her seat ...
09/18/2020

Claudette Colvin was just 15 when she harnessed the power of those who came before her, and refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus. It was 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama -- and now, 65 years later, her story is the focus of this year's National Museum of American History National Youth Summit.

Our history is full of #YouthLeaders and #ChangeMakers. What lessons can we learn from them today? Hone your power to shape our present with lessons from the past on September 22 at 3pm ET at the National Youth Summit on Teen Resistance to Systemic Racism. Register today at s.si.edu/2ZPWhuH

Colonial Williamsburg has multiple events going on in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day - some on site and m...
09/17/2020

Colonial Williamsburg has multiple events going on in honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day - some on site and many virtual so you can join in wherever you are!

Take a trip back in time online to chat with Reverend Gowan Pamphlet in 1798 today at 2 pm ET.

In just two days we celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. 📜

We're examining our American governing document in panels, debates, interpretations, and more this weekend. How are you joining us? Drop a 🇺🇸 in the comments if you'll be here in Williamsburg to celebrate. Drop a 💻 if you're joining us online for our virtual events! Bonus points for both!

Learn more about what we have going on: bit.ly/3iAwEFy

Want to sign the Constitution? Well, the US National Archives is here to give you the opportunity...
09/17/2020
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Want to sign the Constitution? Well, the US National Archives is here to give you the opportunity...

In 1776, the Declaration of Independence declared that American colonists were breaking free from British rule. In 1787, the Constitution established the United States government.

Are you a Constitution expert? Prove it with the Constitution quiz from America 250. And if you need to brush up on your...
09/17/2020

Are you a Constitution expert? Prove it with the Constitution quiz from America 250. And if you need to brush up on your Constitution history, this is a good way to do it!

It's time to test your knowledge of the U.S. Constitution! Take the America 250 Constitution Quiz and see how you compare to your fellow Americans using #A50ConstitutionQuiz. Good luck! quiz.america250.org

When asked about citizenship, educator Linda Cliatt-Wayman said “We should all believe that we hold the office of citize...
09/17/2020

When asked about citizenship, educator Linda Cliatt-Wayman said “We should all believe that we hold the office of citizen, and we're in office forever. And so because we're in office forever, we should always make time to talk to young people about their duties and their responsibility about being a citizen. We must always use our influence and our power to make everyone understand that we have to make this country a better place for the next generation. So your homework assignment is always remember that you hold this office of citizen.”

Citizenship takes many forms - from reading up on issues, to being a good neighbor, to knowing our history. It is also reminding your friends to register to vote and talking with a family member about ballot issues that are important to you. So this Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, do your “homework” - remembering the office each of us holds as citizen.

Active citizenship is a challenge. Keeping up with current events, knowing the issues, evaluating candidates, voting - t...
09/16/2020

Active citizenship is a challenge. Keeping up with current events, knowing the issues, evaluating candidates, voting - this is a continuous conversation we have together. But this convo is much easier when we can all read. The Founders knew this. George Washington himself said, “to encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”

Reading impacts a person’s ability to find a job, to read medical instructions and read warning labels - but also, those who cannot read or write are less likely to vote. There is no doubt, literacy is a basic building block of democracy.

That's why we teamed up with First Book and American Heritage Chocolate to help get 1,000 classrooms more books into classrooms. For the chance to earn FREE books for your classroom, visit bit.ly/wishesforbooks

Are you a Title I teacher? Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with First Book and American Heritage Chocolate to put 20,000 ...
09/16/2020

Are you a Title I teacher? Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with First Book and American Heritage Chocolate to put 20,000 books into the hands of children who need them the most. To find out more simply head to bit.ly/wishesforbooks

09/16/2020

Are you a Title I teacher? Exciting news! We’ve teamed up with First Book and American Heritage Chocolate to put 20,000 books into the hands of children who need them the most. To find out more simply head to bit.ly/wishesforbooks

History education is critical for good citizenship. But what other stories do we need to hear – and how are museums step...
09/15/2020

History education is critical for good citizenship. But what other stories do we need to hear – and how are museums stepping up to meet this need in the education space? We’ve got the scoop. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute Summit on Education will bring together a panel of #MadeByUs partners to dig into these questions - Lynn Yamasaki of Japanese American National Museum, Gary Sandling of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Mariruth Leftwich of Heinz History Center, moderated by Merrit Jones of Student Voice, the young leader behind the campaign for more inclusive history education.

We’re thrilled to have all of these orgs as Made By Us partners, collaborating on innovative ways to put history in the hands of younger generations for civic engagement.

Want to tune in? Registration & more info here: www.reaganfoundation.org/rise

Representation matters - from the federal government to our local classrooms.  This #MBUMonday, Made By Us wants to hear...
09/14/2020

Representation matters - from the federal government to our local classrooms. This #MBUMonday, Made By Us wants to hear from ALL of us - which is why we are calling on teachers to share the future your students want to see!

First Book, American Heritage Chocolate and Made By Us are teaming up for the first ever Wishes For Books initiative to bring books to Title 1 classrooms around the country. We are asking educators to submit a wish for America’s future on behalf of their students on the digital platform, My Wish For U.S., for a chance to win books for their classroom! Visit bit.ly/wishesforbooks to enter.

#MyWishForUS

09/12/2020

We are thrilled to have 85 partners across the U.S. and growing! Join us in welcoming our newest superstar partners, representing many corners of history:

⭐️ The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society collects and shares the stories of Albemarle County and Charlottesville, VA - because local history matters!

⭐️ We often hear about the 13 colonies, but what about the 14th state with a rich history of its own? Vermont Historical Society has the scoop (of famous VT ice cream - or “creemees?”)

⭐️ Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums supports a network of Indigenous Archives, Libraries and Museums. We cannot share history without these voices as important parts of the narrative.

⭐️ Now, as in the past, Seattle’s exports influence the way the nation works, plays and lives. Get the story from the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI)!

⭐️ The stories of battle and war connect place and people, on hallowed ground that serves as outdoor classrooms through the work of American Battlefield Trust.

⭐️ Give us liberty, and the story of Patrick Henry’s famous speech in Richmond, VA at the St. John's Church Foundation!

No one institution alone can tell the full story of U.S. history - we've all got stories to share. If you know history organizations near you that could benefit from the programs and collaboration we're facilitating through Made By Us, feel free to get in touch at [email protected].

During the time of COVID-19, many libraries have turned to the internet, providing virtual services and digital books. B...
09/10/2020

During the time of COVID-19, many libraries have turned to the internet, providing virtual services and digital books. But during the Great Depression, some turned to horses. And you can thank May Stafford. She saw that rural communities needed more books, and in 1913 created a horse-powered library - literally - to bring books to the people. But when her main donor passed away a year later, May’s program ended.

The Works Progress Administration was tasked with getting people back to work during the Great Depression. In Kentucky, they picked up May’s idea and started the Pack Horse Library in 1934. “Book Women” carried not only books, but messages, letters, and news of the outside world to those living in the Appalachians. They even helped create a 1930’s version of Pinterest - worn out books were repurposed into scrapbooks in which recipes and quilt patterns were shared.

When the WPA ended, the Pack Horse Library closed - but by 1946, motorized bookmobiles were on the move. No matter what challenges and changes librarians face, they just keep getting back on the horse!

Feeling inspired? An exciting collaboration between First Book, American Heritage Chocolate and Made By Us is bringing books to Title 1 classrooms around the country. Learn more today by hoping on our Instagram Live at 2:30pm ET!

#MyWishForUS

Calling all visionaries and Title I teachers! Wishes for Books, an exciting collaboration between Made By Us, First Book...
09/09/2020

Calling all visionaries and Title I teachers!

Wishes for Books, an exciting collaboration between Made By Us, First Book and American Heritage Chocolate, will bring books to students around the country. Join us for an Instagram Live Q&A to learn more about the power of reading, the many voices envisioning our future, and how you can win a set of books for your classroom!

We go live at 2:30PM ET tomorrow, September 10. You won’t want to miss it!

#MyWishForUS

Calling all visionaries and teachers - share the future your students want to see! First Book, American Heritage Chocola...
09/09/2020
Wishes for Books

Calling all visionaries and teachers - share the future your students want to see! First Book, American Heritage Chocolate and Made By Us are teaming up for the first ever Wishes For Books initiative to bring books to Title 1 classrooms around the country. We are asking educators to submit a wish for America’s future on behalf of their students on the digital platform, My Wish For U.S., for a chance to win books for their classroom! Visit bit.ly/wishesforbooks to enter.

#MyWishForUS

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“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anythi...
09/08/2020

“Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: 'I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.'” Maya Angelou

Making history starts with a vision. First Book, American Heritage Chocolate and Made By Us are partnering up to help educators encourage civic engagement while providing books to their classrooms. Announcement coming Sept. 10!

Oluwanisola “Sola” Olosunde’s Twitter feed is a trip back in time. If scrolling his feed has you inspired to dig into hi...
09/07/2020

Oluwanisola “Sola” Olosunde’s Twitter feed is a trip back in time. If scrolling his feed has you inspired to dig into history, Sola recommends starting at your local library. For #MBUMonday, we invite you to check out the many Made By Us partners that help save and share our historical record!

09/04/2020
#MyWishForUS this Labor Day

A two-day weekend went from an unthinkable concept prior to the Industrial Revolution, to an articulated vision, to a cause to be fought for, to leadership from labor organizers, industry titans and eventually, at long last, the federal government with the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act.

This shift took well over 100 years and many, many hands. When we work together, and dream big, the “impossible” can become reality. This #LaborDay, what vision do you have for the future of work - and workers - in America?

Read more at https://bit.ly/32Wvs90, then submit your wish at MyWishForUS.com.

"Every single day, we get a chance to shape history-to shape our visions, our hopes, and our wishes. What is your wish f...
09/02/2020

"Every single day, we get a chance to shape history-to shape our visions, our hopes, and our wishes. What is your wish for America’s future? What role will you play? Submit your wish on MYWISHFORUS.COM like I did & tweet directly to the representatives in your area."

Actress Anabelle Acosta shared her wish for America's future - and she invites you to do the same at MyWishForUS.com today!

#MyWishForUS

With so much of life going virtual, we’re seeing into each other’s homes a lot more than before. Thanks Zoom! From valua...
09/02/2020

With so much of life going virtual, we’re seeing into each other’s homes a lot more than before. Thanks Zoom! From valuable family heirlooms to everyday household items, your home tells a unique piece of the American story. The North Carolina Museum of History’s staff has been sharing the story behind objects near and dear to their heart. They are inviting YOU to #MakeYourOwnMuseum. Check out their staff submissions, then curate your own collection at
https://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/make-your-own-museum

Not sure where to start? We have some tips - even a downloadable guide you can use to do this activity solo or with family and friends. Visit https://bit.ly/2K7O0tZ

The best anthems are easy-to-sing earworms that unite and ignite.  Even if Sir Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Ba...
09/01/2020

The best anthems are easy-to-sing earworms that unite and ignite. Even if Sir Francis Scott Key’s “The Star Spangled Banner” isn’t your jam, you have to admit that Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, and Lady Gaga all have #NailedIt. But if you find yourself wondering (again!) what exactly a rampart’s red glare is, you’re not alone. In 1861, the Committee Upon the National Hymn was created to find a new, modern national anthem. They received 1200 submissions in the midst of the Civil War, but the Committee couldn’t agree on a winner. O Say it isn’t so!

“The Star Spangled Banner” is probably not going away any time soon. But we all have anthems that are meaningful. The star-studded music video I Have a Right to Vote (check it out at ihavearighttovote) produced by Nolan Williams, Jr., might be a strong contender. What song makes you feel like swaying in a stadium or marching in the streets?

Made By Us will be curating a Citizen's Choice American Anthem list - so share YOUR American Anthem with us!

When black women walk, things change. So get your steps in. Reclaim your community. Learn Black history. And do it ALL b...
08/31/2020

When black women walk, things change. So get your steps in. Reclaim your community. Learn Black history. And do it ALL before lunch.

Join the movement with GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison met in college and are #WeavingCommunity nationwide while supporting and inspiring Black women by sharing history. They invite you to join in.

Follow in the footsteps of civil rights heroes with Black History Bootcamp. Check out the Acts of Resistance Spotify list - or join a Saturday morning group call to stay connected even as we keep our #SocialDistance.

This #MBUMonday, what steps 👣 can you take to understand our past?

POWER MAPPING, not power napping! Level up your civic superpowers by using power mapping to determine where the most inf...
08/29/2020

POWER MAPPING, not power napping!

Level up your civic superpowers by using power mapping to determine where the most influence might be found and how you can amplify your own during this 90 minute session on Monday at 5pm ET.

Attendance is FREE so register today at http://tiny.cc/futurembu.

We know that there is no end in making a more perfect union, and we can get there faster if we work together. This sessi...
08/28/2020

We know that there is no end in making a more perfect union, and we can get there faster if we work together. This session will surface and identify who is already out there doing work that matters to you, using a collaborative ecosystem mapping process. And then, to level up your civic superpowers, we’ll use a bit of power mapping to determine where the most influence might be found and how you can amplify your own during this 90 minute session.

Attendance is FREE and open to the public, but spots are limited, so register today at http://tiny.cc/futurembu.

“I am woman, hear me roar, In numbers too big to ignore.” When Helen Reddy sang this song in 1971, she knew the fight fo...
08/28/2020

“I am woman, hear me roar, In numbers too big to ignore.” When Helen Reddy sang this song in 1971, she knew the fight for equality doesn’t end with the vote. These wishes for the future, both past and present, are visions of a more equitable future. What is your wish? MyWishForUS.com

Raise your hand if you had some of these! ✋ Paper dolls aren’t as two dimensional as they seem 😉 Dolls from different de...
08/27/2020

Raise your hand if you had some of these! ✋ Paper dolls aren’t as two dimensional as they seem 😉 Dolls from different decades give us a small peek into the roles of people in society + fashion history. And, they were often used to sell products – get that paper (doll)!

While paper dolls are one way to learn about history, they aren’t all stuck in the past. Check out The New York Times
modern take on paper dolls https://nyti.ms/34EVgbV

OR, you can go old school and design your own dolls with instructions from Bluprint at https://bit.ly/34BXd95

Want to explore historic paper dolls? You can check out the article from the National Women's History Museum to learn more about paper dolls + pop culture at https://bit.ly/2Qu0HlV

The fight for #WomensEquality continues today. Where do you see room for change in equal rights and treatment for all wo...
08/26/2020

The fight for #WomensEquality continues today. Where do you see room for change in equal rights and treatment for all women?

#WomensEqualityDay

Celebrate the #Suffrage100 by super powering YOUR vote during a 90 minute interactive session, in partnership with Lisa ...
08/25/2020

Celebrate the #Suffrage100 by super powering YOUR vote during a 90 minute interactive session, in partnership with Lisa Kay Solomon of Vote By Design. Find out more at our event Vote By Design.
Then join us this Thursday, August 27 at 5pm ET. Attendance is FREE, but spots are limited, so register today at http://tiny.cc/futurembu

In The Hill, Michelle Duster and A'Lelia Bundles share how the past #MadeByUs is a roadmap to the future. Their wish? "I...
08/25/2020
Collaboration for justice: How history's more inclusive past foretells our future

In The Hill, Michelle Duster and A'Lelia Bundles share how the past #MadeByUs is a roadmap to the future. Their wish? "If we had a wish, it would be, like Ida and Madam, that the opportunity to have a voice in politics as both voters and public servants truly made available to all."

Does the past inspire your vision for America's future? Share you wish today at MyWishForUs.com and explore the wishes of other Americans, past and present.

In the spirit of our ancestors — Ida B. Wells and Madam C. J. Walker — we join forces to bring equity to Black women while also documenting the work and giving credit to women who paved the way for the next generation of activists on the frontlines of change.

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Powering our Future with History

Our national motto, e pluribus unum—out of many, one— is also the ethos of this group. We are history and civics organizations collaborating across the country. Loudly and clearly, we recognize the opportunity presented in this transformative moment for institutions like ours to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about the future of our country. We have come together in an unprecedented way, pooling resources and bringing the best we each have to offer, so that we might harness the spirit of collaboration and tap into our varied strengths—across regions, disciplines, and methods. We are modeling a new path forward for the ways in which history serves the people. Now is the time for us all to step up.

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