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The Graham Historical House Museum is owned and operated by the City of Momence. The Graham Historical House Board is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the council to oversee all aspects of maintaining and operating the Graham Historical House.

Board Members

Richard Byrne

Richard (Rick) Byrne was born in Chicago shortly after the end of WWII and currently resides in Naperville. After serving 4 years in the US Navy, he married the girl next door and had three children: 2 girls and a boy. He now also has two granddaughters. Rick studied business management at Benedictine University when it was known as Illinois Benedictine College (IBC). After retiring from Commonwealth Edison in 1998 after 30 years, Rick owned and operated 2 companies, and in 2012 he opened the 1905 Momence General Store in Momence. Rick is chairman of both the Ways and Means and Fall Festival Committees for Good Shepherd Manor, and is also the treasurer for the 308 unit condominium complex in which he lives. His involvement with Good Shepherd Manor has afforded him the opportunity to become familiar with Momence and its people. Momence has a fascinating history and the Graham House is an integral part of that history. He wants to help Momence return to its historical prominence, and the restoration of the Graham Historical House is a good start toward its rebirth.

Nancy Porter

Nancy Porter is a lifelong resident of the Momence and Grant Park area. She is married to Ron Detmar and she has one son, Tyler. Nancy has been employed at Van Drunen Farms for 21 years and works as a packaging purchaser. She is a graduate of Grant Park High School, and attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online for Graphic Design. Nancy's interests in Momence history include helping with the revitalization and preservation of the Graham Historic House Museum, as well as researching the history behind other historical homes in the area.  She also enjoys designing and creating historical window displays in the downtown buildings of Momence. In the past, Nancy has been involved with Main Street Momence and was a former board member of the Momence Historical House in 2006.
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Our newest Board member is Terry Spencer, appointed at the April 6, 2015 City Council meeting. Check back for his biography!

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