At Chain Link in Minneapolis in July 2011, CGOA held the inaugural CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame event at the Textile Center of Minneapolis. The grand event celebrated the induction of Jean Leinhauser, the first Hall-of-Famer, into this auspicious soon-to-be cadre of crocheters.
Unfortunately, soon after Jean had been told she was to be honored, she lost her battle against illness. The event still celebrated Jean's life with her dear friends Bobbie Matela, Susan Sullivan and Rita Weiss sharing stories, history and photos of their associations with Jean and her prominence in the world of crochet.
The Board of Directors voted to rename the recognition the Jean Leinhauser CGOA Crochet Hall of Fame. Jean's memory will be forever linked with this honor. In December of 2015 the Board of Directors were approached to change the name again to the "CGOA Jean Leinhauser Crochet Hall of Fame". In Jan. 2016 the new name was approved.
The Hall of Fame Award Winners:
2016 - Doris Chan
2015 - Lily Chin
2014 - Gwen Blakley Kinsler
2013 - Rita Weiss
2012 - Margaret Hubert
2011 - Jean Leinhauser
We look forward to the next Hall of Fame Award Winner in 2017. Nominations will be posted on this page as soon as they are announced.