One of two Michigan Heritage Awards for 2015 was presented to Ronald Ahrens of Three Oaks during a special award ceremony in East Lansing, Michigan in August. Ron is a member of The Region of Three Oaks Museum. He first began to learn lacemaking from his grandmother at age five. Several members of his family practiced other fiber art techniques and Ronald was able to learn from them as well. He became proficient in knitting, crocheting, bobbin lacemaking, tatting, broderet, and filet netting. Ron enthusiastically shared his skills and knowledge with his own family, friends, and community members and can often be found teaching fiber art techniques and doing demonstrations at community functions. His daughter observed, Ronald has cultivated among many individuals a deep appreciation for the handmade, rather than machine made, mass-produced object. He has also stimulated interest among those he has taught to pass on the skills they have learned to others.
The Michigan Heritage Award was presented to to him for his exceptional skill in the art of lacemaking, his willingness to freely share his skills and knowledge with others, and his example as an excellent, committed teacher of needlework arts.
The Region of Three Oaks Museum is holding a reception for his receiving the state’s highest distinction, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the museum. Ron will be demonstrating his skills from noon to 2pm. At 2 – 4pm, there will be a special recognition ceremony in his honor. Please join us at The Region of Three Oaks Museum to congratulate Ron on his being awarded the Michigan Heritage Award for 2015.