Women’s Hall of Fame on the move

April 15, 2017 by  

The Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame, which honors notable Michigan women, is moving to a new home.

The center has been located in the Cooley Haze House for 30 years, but the building, which overlooks Lansing’s downtown, is showing signs of aging.

Caitlyn Perry Dial, the center’s interim executive director, said the time has come to relocate. Not only is the building showing wear, but there is little foot traffic, parking is difficult, and the facility is not easily accessible to those with mobility issues.

The museum is moving to the Meridian Mall in Okemos, to a spot near the food court. The new location will offer all the things missing at the current building, Dial says. The board of the museum has been considering relocation since 2015.

Despite the advantages, Dial said the decision to leave was not easy, especially since the center is raising funds to hire additional employees for the new location, and for more security. The center will also have to store more of its items. However, Dial believes the new location, which is more visible, will cause the number of donations to increase. Dial plans a ‘soft’ opening in May and a grand opening in June.

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