Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will be moving to Meridian Mall in Okemos.
Caitlyn Perry Dial, the interim executive director at Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, said that there have been talks about moving locations in the past.
“Well our board had discussed the need to move in the summer of 2015, however we wanted to make sure it was the right time and the right facility,” Dial said.
The Women’s Hall of Fame needed to move for multiple reasons, but some stood out more than others.
“We have a lot of reasons for moving, but mainly that in 2015 our board had decided that we have outgrown our current facility and our building isn’t wheelchair accessible,” Dial said. “Also, in 2015 our insurance costs quadrupled to just over $10,000.”
Sue Carter, a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State, believes the Hall of Fame can benefit from moving.
“A mall seems an unusual place to temporarily house the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame,” Carter said. “At the same time, the locale creates greater exposure for the Hall of Fame based for mall walk-throughs. The location also allows for increased accessibility for individuals who may have disabilities.”
Dial also believes moving will be a good thing for the Women’s Hall of Fame.
“We see a lot of benefits in moving. At our current location we don’t see a lot of foot traffic.” Dial said. “By moving to Meridian we see huge benefits in foot traffic and a bigger audience. There will also be no more stairs and we won’t have to construct ramps for people who require one.”
Monique Maxwell, a worker at Meridian Mall, is excited to have the Women’s Hall of Fame move to where she works.
“I think moving to Meridian Mall will help bring more attention to Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame because a lot of people walk in and out of the mall so it will get a lot of attention every day,” Maxwell said.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will be moving in late April.