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


Our Mission


Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies a sweet success!


On Saturday, July 27, we held our

4th Annual Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies event.

From 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, people enjoyed seeing more

than 100 vehicles at the car show!

35 pies with ice cream, roasted pork sandwiches,

a tour of the museum, a swap meet and lots of fun

rounded out the activities of the day.

51 awards were given!!!

Join us next summer on Saturday, July 25, 2020

for an even bigger event as we celebrate the

5th AnnualSweet Pies & Sweet Rides!

​In honor of our 30-year anniversary, a new sign was installed in May
at the front of the museum property.  It is a very attractive rosemaling design to highlight our Norwegian heritage. The blue and white colors certainly draw attention to our location. Be sure to drive by, or better yet, come to the museum to see it soon! 

The Thoreson House Museum will continue to be open on Saturdays from Noon until 4:00 p.m. through August 31. Please stop to see all the wonderful display changes that are being made. 


Check back often to this website or find our Facebook page

for more updates. We hope to see you at a monthly meeting,

any first Monday of the month, at Thoreson, at 5:30 p.m.

Snacks are included so it's always a fun night!  










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


                                                            Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000


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.

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 usually meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 pm. Check the President's Message in case there is a change!     

Thoreson House Museum