Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

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



"Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies" was a huge success on Saturday, July 30.  With 20 cars, 20 pies, several buckets of ice cream, and root beer floats for all to enjoy, the many event visitors had plenty of ways to celebrate summer.  The classic car owners were more than happy to show off their "sweet rides" and people could tour the Thoreson House Museum as well during the event.  David Bjornstad won the coveted trophy of a rosemaled pie plate, designed and executed by the talented and nationally recognized local artist, Karen Hankee.  

In 2017, we will definitely go bigger!

Our next event will be "Writing Grandma's Story," another in our 2016 Lecture Series.  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.


Please join us for our next monthly general meeting.  

To avoid disrupting the Labor Day holiday, that meeting will be

on Monday, September 12.​  Please join us at 1:00 pm at the

Thoreson House Museum! 


 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