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.
Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000
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.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
To comply with Governor Evers' recommendation to close museums, the WAHS Thoreson Museum will close on March 24 until it is deemed safe to reopen. Please continue to check this website and our Facebook page for related updates. Thank you for your understanding. Our history shows that the Westby area was built by strong founders – we are and will continue to be strong! Stay safe and we will see you soon!
2020 is going to be a big year for the
Westby Area Historical Society!
Our annual Syttende Mai celebration has been cancelled but we are
still looking forward to many of our usual summer events! Many applications for our Grandmother of the Year Award were submitted
and the announcement will be made as soon as we can get a photo
and do an interview.
WAHS volunteers usually are available for Thoreson House Museum
tours during the summer months but, for now, we will not be opening
the museum. We plan to do so as soon as we get an OK from the Safer
At Home opening phase information so stay tuned to this website and
our Facebook page for more information and updates
Sweet Rides and Sweet Pies will be our big
summer event on Saturday, July 25. Because
this will be the 5th year for the car show, we expect it to be bigger
than ever, We are shooting for 150 cars and expect the pies will draw more than just a few spectators. Plans are already in the works and
we are praying for good weather. Because the Grandmother of the Year was not able to participate in our usual Syttende Mai events this year, you will meet her and her grandson at Sweet Rides!
Finally, for some time, our Genealogy Center has been working on
a project and 2020 is the perfect year to launch it! Information on how you can become a member of our Centennial Circle can be found on one of our website pages. Be sure you click on the above tab
and download the application.
It is easy and there could be a $100 prize involved!
Thanks for checking out our website. You can also see more WAHS
news and events on our Facebook page. Check often so you
don't miss all the latest information!