Harrison's Gifts in downtown Grafton
Charlotte E. Johnson & Reneé B. Johnson
Charlotte E. Johnson, is a local historian, and her daughter, Reneé B. Johnson, is the author of Alton ABC.  Mrs. Johnson has long collected and researched the stories of Illinois.  Her work has resulted in numerous family revelations, museum holdings and exhibits, presentations, and listings on both The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and the National Register of Historic Places.  Ms. Johnson shares her mother’s interest in history and genealogy, supporting the effort to tell the true story of people and their lives.  Through a joint project with the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library and the Alton High School Graphics department, Ms. Johnson worked with a group of students in 2019 to create a children’s picture book that highlights people, places, and history, Alton ABC.