Nancy Roozee, Wauconda native and mother of two, has been a McHenry County resident for 36 years. In 1979, she and her husband, Jim, built a home in Prairie Grove. Nancy served on the Prairie Grove Planning Commission for 18 years. She has entrepreneurial spirit with a drive to learn and make this county a better place to live. Her resume includes serving as secrretary of the McHenry Downtown Business Association while operating an antique store in McHenry.
The Crossroad Merchant operated from 1991 to 2000 on Riverside Drive. It was there that she meet former Historical Society Administrator Nancy Fike, who asked her fellow Nancy to help out with the Heritage Fair auction in the late 1990s. She continued to chair the auction until she joined the staff as office manager/volunteer coordinator in 2013. In between she served on the Society’s board of directors starting in 2005 and accepted the volunteer position of treasurer in 2007.
Blessed with an artistic flair and creative spirit, Nancy sewed custom patchwork pillows during the “hippy 1970s” and is a self-taught graphic arts enthusiast. She also oversees the mueseum store, including orchestrating online auctions of antique books and furniture, and manages close to 300 volunteers. “I love McHenry County for all its rural features,” Nancy said. “MCHS is a great asset to McHenry County and it always delights me when new visitors discover our museum. Visitors and volunteers will find the Society a good place to be for learning, for good times, and for contributing to local history. The Society is not like your great grandmother’s dusty corner in the church basement. We strive to keep it modern through technology, focused on our mission, connected with every town and township in the county and just a fun, friendly place for everyone.”
See Nancy in action (below)