Charles Thompson Memorial Hall has been the heartbeat of the Minnesota Deaf community for over 100 years. It is considered one of the oldest Deaf Clubs in the world. Thompson Hall is proudly owned by the Deaf community and managed by dedicated Deaf volunteers. In the past years, there has been noticeable decline. Our landmark building is not accessible or inclusive for many of our cherished patrons and community members. To welcome all people; we must preserve and renovate the building. We must add an elevator. Time is critical. Without action, our treasured Thompson Hall may not survive.
Thompson Hall Board of Trustees, Deaf Equity Board and members of the community are working together to Save the Deaf Club. Since July 2017, the team has been meeting twice monthly to create a plan to renovate and preserve Thompson Hall. Thompson Hall Elevator/Renovation Project has two priorities. First, to improve accessibility to the building by adding an elevator. This will allow organizations and schools as well as our communities with disabilities to utilize the space. Second, to preserve the historical landmark building for our future generations of Deaf and community members.