Joni Gruelle is the Granddaughter and namesake of
Johnny Gruelle, creator of Raggedy Ann and Andy. A graduate of
Mercer University in Atlanta with majors in Psychology and Art,
Joni continued her education in the sciences. After her children
were grown, she entered the workforce as an employee of the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she once worked
as a Financial Analyst. She currently is residing in Arcola,
Illinois with her husband, Tom. It's important to Joni to
preserve her grandfather's world of storybook characters through
the mediums of pen and ink, and watercolors. Joni has traveled
to festivals and doll shows to promote the Gruelle legacy. All
of her children are now involved in Gruelle activities.
Tom Wannamaker is a graduate of the University of
South Carolina with a major in history, and has continued his
education in the Georgia State University School System. After
serving as a Marine Infantry Officer in Vietnam, Tom entered
Government employment, spending most of his career with the CDC
in a variety of positions.
Tom and Joni's hobbies include eating, camping,
hiking, and exploring out-of-the-way places. They share their
home with three dogs and numerous cats, all former strays who
long ago seized control from their benefactors. Be sure to visit
Halloween, the cat that resides in the museum!
Patricia Hall is the author of the illustrated
biography, JOHNNY GRUELLE, CREATOR OF RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY
(Pelican Publishing Company, 1993) and consultant and writer for
the 90-minute documentary video, Raggedy Ann and Andy: Johnny
Gruelle's Dolls with Heart (Sirocco Productions, 1995)
Since 1967, Patricia has collected and researched
Gruelle's books, dolls, artwork, and periodical appearances.
In 1988 Patricia was granted an NEH Grant-in-Aid to continue her
research on Gruelle. In 1990-91, she was Guest Curator for
"Magical Hearts", the Indiana State Museum exhibition honoring
Johnny Gruelle and Raggedy Ann.
Prior to 1985, Patricia was Education Division
Director for the American Association for State and Local
History. She holds an M.A. in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA,
as well as a B.S. ( with honors) from the University of
California at Santa Cruz and is coeditor of the book FOLKLIFE
AND MUSEUMS (AASLH Press, 1987). She has chaired the folk life
grants panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission, has served on
the boards of several state museums and folklore organizations,
and researches and performs historical music for museums and
historic sites. Patricia lives in San Diego, California with
husband Barry Cohen and son David.