Graham House sign

 

Love Momence History?

Look through this website to discover everything from Momence's earliest residents to Momence HIgh School yearbooks. Visit the Graham House for period displays throughout. Be sure to join us for Heritage Day on Saturday, June 8th, from 1-5pm.

Steve Gross raising 1869 flag

Flag Raising

The Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps opened the Graham House Civil War Exhibit on Saturday, June 8, 2019, with the raising of an 1869 U.S. flag by Steve Gross, the 2019 Momence Citizen of the Year, and the playing of the patriotic anthem "Chester".

Civil War Exhibit poster

"Life & Music of the Civil War"

Click on the link above for the 2019 dates.

Conrad Bakery display

Conrad Bakery Display

Come see the display celebrating the iconic Conrad Bakery set up in the Graham House kitchen during Glad Fest - Friday, August 9th from 1-4pm and Saturday, August 10th from Noon-3pm.

Who We Are

Welcome to the Graham Historic House

Original Graham House

The Graham Historical House, located at 117 N. Dixie Highway, is a special attraction to residents and visitors who appreciate the preservation of our community's past. Please take some time to peruse this site for Graham House information, as well as collections of Momence history that you won't find anywhere else in one place!


Check out the Renovations page for photographs of all of the amazing work that has been done to the house.

What We Do

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, October 23rd 6pm
    Chamber After Hours
    House tours, then refreshments at Off the Vine
    This event has been CANCELLED due to the downtown filming.
  • Christmas Gathering
    Saturday, December 2nd - Noon-4pm
    Main Street Momence's Annual Christmas event.
  • Come help us celebrate the Graham House's birthday. Built in 1869, it is 150 years old this year!
  • Celebrating 150 years

What People Are Saying

From our Guestbook

  • "Loved looking at the photos.....grew up early childhood till 13, in what was referred to as the Chatfield house on Locust street....Momence has always had a very special place in my heart......including Momence High School.....very happy that the town is being treated like the treasure it is......"

    Janet Lieberman Magdovitz
  • "Great site for bringing back memories!!!"

    Maynard Christjansen
  • "Many happy memories of my childhood there."

    Grant H. DeNormandie

 

Momence During the Civil War

James H. Dennison was a 25-year-old Ganeer Township farmer when he enlisted in Company K of 113th Illinois Volunteer Infantry on Aug. 9, 1862...On June 19, 1864, after 12 hours in the rain on an open railroad car, Sgt. James H. Dennison caught his first glimpse of the place where he would be held as a prisoner of war. "Andersonville military prison … a hard place," he wrote in his tiny pocket diary.
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Celebration 150 years

The Graham House theme for 2019 is the Civil War.
Check out our newest series of stories for tales of local soldiers and infantry units.