2020 Landmarks Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Joe Antunovich Award for Leadership, Lifetime Achievement
Carl and Marilyn Johnson have dedicated their lives to preserving the history and heritage of Galena since they first moved to their beloved Illinois town in 1970. Their 50 years of preservation practice and promotion has created a community culture supportive of saving places in the small historic community. The Johnsons co-founded the Galena Foundation and have volunteered their time on countless local boards and committees. They have led by example, using whatever resources they had at a given moment to help revitalize and restore historic places in their community. Their work has also demonstrated the cultural and economic impact of preservation in Galena and the couple have dedicated their lives to advocacy, education and practice in support of that belief. Thanks to the Johnsons, Galena is today the textbook historic preservation community that can be enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations to come.