Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

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


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

Thoreson House Museum

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


Our Mission

Lots going on!

It's time for WAHS to take a breath so we can start the last quarter

of the year.  It's hard to believe that 2016 is winding down and

we still have so much planned.  There just aren't enough days

left in the year!  

In July, we started a "Giving Campaign" which has proven to be

very successful.  We are just a little short of our goal and 

extremely grateful to those who have contributed.  There is still

time for you to send a gift to help us in the restoration of the interior

of the Thoreson House Museum.  We have an award-winning

interior designer from Madison who is donating his services and

we are excited to move forward with this major project.

At our October general meeting, we voted for the 

​2016 Volunteer of the Year.  Come to our November meeting to 

express your gratitude to this wonderful person for all their hard work and contributions to WAHS. 

On Saturday, October 8, WAHS will be selling lefse/pølse at

Veterans' Field on Market Street in Westby.  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.


Our next general monthly meeting will be on Monday, November 7

at 1:00 PM.  We will be meeting at Norseland Nursing Home so that

our members who are residents will be able to celebrate when

we award the 2016 Volunteer of the Year.  Please join us!


 Blaine Hedberg, 2016 President of WAHS



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.  

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.