Who We Are

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 to better serve the public and join the ongoing conversation about the future of our country. With an innovative team, pioneering leadership and nationwide institutional network, we have come together in an unprecedented way,  modeling a new path forward for the ways in which history serves the people. Now is the time for us all to step up. Want to join us?



These iconic history institutions collectively direct our vision, priorities and policies.

Steering Committee

Neil A. Barclay

President and CEO, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

Leslie Greene Bowman

President, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

Sheffield Hale

Executive Director and CEO, Atlanta History Center

Anthea Hartig

Elizabeth MacMillan Director, National Museum of American History 

James Pepper Henry

Executive Director and CEO, First Americans Museum

Patrick Madden

Executive Director, National Archives Foundation

Andrew Masich

President and CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center

Louise Mirrer

President and CEO, New-York Historical Society

Adam Rozan

Director, Programs & Audience Development, National Museum of American History

Tasha Stanton

Manager of Special Projects, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

Benjamin Filene

Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of American History

Brady Smith

Director of Marketing & Communications, Senator John Heinz History Center

Carrie Kotcho

Acting Associate Director for Audience Engagement, National Museum of American History

Chad Wollerton

Director of Digital Media and Strategy, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello

Claire Haley

Special Advisor to the CEO and Media Communications Director, Atlanta History Center

Emily Haight

Social Media Manager, New-York Historical Society

Adrienne Lalli Hills

Director of Learning & Community Engagement, First Americans Museum

Laura Washington

Vice President, Communications, New-York Historical Society

Jennifer Evans

Assistant Curator, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Jim Doumas

Deputy Executive Director, National Archives Foundation

Kristian Weatherspoon

Vice President of Digital Storytelling, Atlanta History Center

Liana Ascolese

Communications and Community Partnerships Manager, National Archives Foundation

Melissa Marinaro

Curator, Italian American Program, Senator John Heinz History Center

Marybeth Ihle

Communications Manager, New-York Historical Society

Melinda Machado

Director of Communications, National Museum of American History

Orlando Serrano

Manager of Youth and Teacher Programs, National Museum of American History

Patrina Chatman

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ryan Lintelman

Curator of Entertainment, National Museum of American History

Valerie McVey

Programs Director, National Archives Foundation

Tina Menendez

Vice President of Education, HistoryMiami Museum

Valeska Hilbig

Associate Director of Communications, National Museum of American History

Vanessa Contreras

Social Media Manager, HistoryMiami Museum


Caroline Klibanoff

Managing Director

Kate Doak-Keszler

Social Media Manager

Nia Mosby

Program Coordinator

Cameron Katz

Community Engagement Manager

Kaz Brecher

Innovation Strategist

Valerie Donati

Brand Strategist

Sam McGirt


Anna Ying


Nikolas Kluver



Anchored in historical or civics expertise, and hailing from across the United States and territories, Made By Us Partners participate in developing and disseminating programs and commit to the Made By Us values, including prioritizing the needs of our audiences over “the way we’ve always done it;” choosing collaboration and knowledge-sharing over competition and institutional primacy; and modeling humility and curiosity to invite new perspectives. Find one near you.

Our Vision

Our vision for the United States of America at 250 is a vibrant country shaped by passionate guardians of our founding ideals—younger generations whose participation in molding our country’s future is powered by rich historical perspective.

Some of the most transformative moments in shaping our nation have come from young people who got fed up with the status quo and demanded more from their country, drawing upon the past to change the future. Entrepreneurs, innovators, pioneers and explorers – whose stories we love and revere – have time and time again harnessed the lessons of history to shape the world.

As we look at our hopes and dreams, how might we draw inspiration and heed the lessons from those who came before, who understood they were not merely passive inheritors of the past but that their actions could shape the nation for years to come? Today, younger generations are more engaged—and more needed—than ever before to shape the next chapter. That’s why we created Made By Us, an unprecedented effort by stewards of our national memory to present history in relevant, provocative, and surprising ways for anyone who wants to participate in shaping the future of our country. Over the next few years, we’ll listen, learn, and share tools and initiatives to address real issues in real-time. With the nation’s 250th anniversary on the horizon, there’s no better moment to harness the power of our collective imagination and write the next 250 years—together. 


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Like our democracy itself, Made By Us is an ongoing experiment that is shaped by the people involved. Sign up for emails to stay in the loop.

For The Next Generation Powering Our Future

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For Organizations

Made By Us coalition partners are history and civics organizations anchored in expertise, content and resources that participate in Made By Us programs and coalition calls. We are currently inviting more organizations to join the coalition through the end of 2022. Please register using this form or contact Nia Mosby for more information at nia@historymadebyus.org.

Already a partner institution and looking for resources and materials? Access the Resource Hub.


For Donors, Supporters, Brands and the Media

Made By Us is seeking to identify champions to transform the way cultural institutions serve the next generation. We have received generous support, inspiration and leadership from supporters and partners including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Coca-Cola Company, Jacqueline B. Mars, Marcia Carlucci, Forrest E. Mars Jr. and Jacomien Mars, Airbnb, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, Curious Catalyst, Inc., Brand Building Communications and A Hundred Years.

Help power our future with history. For funding or brand integration opportunities, contact caroline@historymadebyus.org