TELLING THE WHOLE STORY—TOGETHER

July 4th commemorates the moment a new nation was born, based on ideals that each generation since has worked to bring to life:  freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity. Juneteenth, celebrated just a few weeks earlier, reminds us of the struggles and hard-won victories in our ongoing journey to form a “more perfect union.” Civic Season unites our oldest federal holiday with our newest, mobilizing a movement to understand our past and shape our future.

Our Mission

Made By Us is a coalition of 150+ museums, historic sites and historical societies joining forces to serve the next generation – meeting curiosity with credibility. Civic Season is one way we roll out the welcome mat for the future inheritors of the United States, putting history in their hands as a tool for informed, inspired civic participation.

Anchored by two dates that highlight the gap between our nation’s promises and practices, Civic Season is a new tradition to rewind, reflect and re-imagine our story – and it’s shaped by all who participate.

Our Supporters

Civic Season is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Coca-Cola Company, AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, Airbnb, Jacqueline B. Mars and Marcia Carlucci. Want to support Civic Season? Consider a gift to help us grow or get in touch about formal sponsorship, grants or corporate support.

Design Fellows

The 2023 Civic Season is co-designed by 9 Fellows ages 18-30 from across the United States and territories.

Lex is a connector at heart. They love putting folks in touch with the people, places, or resources they need to be successful.

Lex Stewart

Mayva Anyango is a visual artist originally from Kisumu, Kenya who works with New American women and teenage girls to get them integrated in U.S. communities.

Mayva Anyango

Alex is passionate about developing policy solutions to major social problems in order to create education systems and democratic institutions that are more responsive to the will and needs of the American people.

Alex Edgar

Studying archaeology and history has taught Laura that we don't always know the full story.

Laura Dale

Justice is always eager to talk about the ways in which art and its various forms can move and inspire people.

Justice Brown

Cat loves talking about how fashion reflects social movements and global events

Cat Graham

Cielo currently works as a project coordinator at the Atlanta History Center.

Cielo Muñoz Perez

Ponce is immensely interested in shifting social paradigms by challenging and expanding culture!

Ponce de Leon Tidwell, III

Katy has a passion for audio storytelling and experience in oral history, podcasting, and radio broadcasting.

Katy Ronkin

Hosts

Made By Us and the Civic Season benefit from the collective leadership of its Steering Committee.

Team

A small and mighty team from Made By Us is behind Civic Season. 

Nia Mosby

Cameron Katz

Kate Doak-Keszler

Caroline Klibanoff

Kaz Brecher

Claire Haley

Valerie Donati

Champions

These organizations elevate and grow Civic Season within their respective fields and communities.

Contributing Partners

More than 300 organizations have included events and resources in the 2022 Civic Season. Find one near you to keep exploring all year.

In the Press

Check out how we’re making headlines.

A brand new movement led by museums and historic sites: Civic Season

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How to host a meaningful Fourth of July Gathering with Citizen University

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The Time is Now for Tackling Historical Illiteracy and Creating a New Type of Civic Participation

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Working to Engage Gen Z in History, Civics

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Local Black pioneers and history on display at Heinz History Center starting on Juneteenth

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What is civic season? How to celebrate in Utah and the nation

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An antidote to hopelessness: Join the Civic Season this summer

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You can go behind the scenes at one of NYC's iconic museums this month

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Fort Ticonderoga introduces cruise for Civic Season

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Bringing history’s posters to today’s civic action efforts: A Q&A with Globe Press

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How Civic Season Can Help History Organizations Serve the Next Generation

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Civic Season: A New Civic Tradition

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New Summer Tradition Asks Americans to Reflect on the Past and Future

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Museum of the American Revolution offering exclusive Airbnb experiences

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Civic Season Mobilizes Gen Z to Take Part in Our Democracy

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Civic Season Kickoff Picnic

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NEWS BRIEF: Civic event aims to ‘explore what you stand for’

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Organizers Prep for Depot District Event

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Boat tours add another avenue of history at Fort Ticonderoga

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Tools for Our Partners

If you’re participating in the Civic Season, look no further for shareable materials and resources.

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2023 Filters, Frames and Fun

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Where We Started…

This graphic represents the themes for the first Civic Season that were generated through a series of Socratic Dialogues. These guided conversations with students, historians and civic practitioners raised key questions and ideas around independence, celebration, and interdependence, forming a foundation for this emerging new tradition.

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…And Where We’re Going
The Road to 2026

We began Civic Season in 2021 to build a movement to shape the ways in which we understand and commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Our story is complex and ever-evolving. How might we use a new holiday tradition as a springboard to face our past and shape our future?

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