OUR STORY

Tolerance in Motion is a museum on wheels that drives the lessons of tolerance right to your door in a custom-fitted 18-wheeler truck that contains state-of-the-art interactive multimedia exhibits.

Founded in 2012, Tolerance in Motion aims to provide youth—and all people—with the tools to be better human beings, in addition to smarter human beings.

The idea for Tolerance in Motion began with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), and its own educational program — Tolerance Minnesota — a highly successful program offering educators and school districts an award-winning way to teach students about reducing violence and discrimination in the community.

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The JCRC conducted a feasibility study confirming there was a need - and a desire - for a permanent tolerance center that would serve Minnesota and the Dakotas. In addition to being costly, however, a single, stationary center would only be able to serve a fraction of the communities and school districts who were clamoring for this kind of program.

And, so, a group of professional and lay leaders with strong ties to the non-profit world and a deep commitment to advancing stories of the Holocaust as well as broader tolerance education began a dialogue about how they could most effectively reach young people. The idea to take a technologically rich “show on the road” took hold and project development was launched, leading to the establishment of a new non-profit organization, Tolerance in Motion.

Modeled after the mobile museums popularized by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian, Tolerance in Motion will contain 1,000 square feet of exhibit space and include interactive, multi-media displays designed to take each visitor on a journey of identity, and discovery.


The Founding Board of Directors recognizes those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the founding of Tolerance in Motion:

  • Michael Crosson, Program Development Group, MRA experiential tours & equipment
  • Ellen Glatstein, Principal, Idea Greenhouse
  • Cliff Greene, Past President, JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas
  • Steve Hunegs, Executive Director, JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas
  • Jim Jacobson, Past President, JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas
  • Steve Lear, President of Affiance Financial, LLC
  • Elyse Rabinowitz, Project Development Consultant
  • Molly Schen, Director of Program Growth and Development, Facing History and Ourselves
  • Joni Sussman, Past President and board member, JCRC of Minnesota and the Dakotas
  • Daniel Wildeson, Director of St. Cloud State University's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Laura Zelle, Director, Tolerance Minnesota