Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

The Westby Area Historical Society meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00 pm.    


Lefse Pølse is back !

It's hard to believe but we are planning our last few events for 2016!  

 "Writing Grandma's Story," the last in our 2016 Lecture Series, will be on Saturday, September 17th, Liv Marit Haakenstad, a renowned author and genealogist from Hamar, Norway, will share her expertise on how you can write a vivid story about Grandma.  Join us at the Bekkum Memorial Library Community Center (lower level) at 10:00 AM to learn how to capture the essence of your grandmother, or any loved one, for generations to come.

We are moving our Monday October General Monthly Meeting to Wednesday, October 5.  At 10:00 AM, we will conduct business so that we can join the Driftless Area Heritage Group at Noon.  The DAHG, made of representatives from several groups and even more interested people, meets twice a year to share ideas about promoting history and tourism in the Driftless region. It is a growing and vital organization that we are happy to be a part of.

Then on Saturday, October 8, WAHS will be selling lefse/pølse at the Thoreson Museum.  We will also have an information table in the VFW with other organizations to celebrate Leif Erickson Day!  There will be speakers, a kubb tournament, rømmegrøt, a lefse contest, rosemaling demonstrations and other activities that celebrate Westby's Norwegian heritage.  It will be a beautiful fall day to have some fun.


As you can see, we are an active group.  e have a lot going on and can always use some extra hands and hearts so please join us for our next monthly general meeting on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:00 AM when we vote for our "Volunteer of the Year."  


 Blaine Hedberg, 2016 President of WAHS



  • Tours - 1892 Thoreson House Museum
  • Genealogical assistance
  • Outreach programs to local organizations & schools
  • Oral interviews
  • Research help with library & photo archives

Thoreson House Museum

The Thoreson House Museum maintains the history and archives of the Westby area.  Through our collection of artifacts and documents, we preserve the history for all area residents, visitors and future generations.  

WAHS provides many services and programs.  The following are just a few of  the activities we are planning.


The Westby Area Historical Society is an educational organization that responsibly collects, preserves, promotes and communicates the history, culture and heritage of the Westby, WI area for current and future generations.

Our Mission