Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

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!     


  • 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


The slower time of year is coming but

that doesn't mean WAHS is slowing down!


Summer Saturday Open House afternoons have ended and 

our big fundraising events for the year have finished.

October 5 will bring a special Homecoming Weekend Open House.

The All - Alumni Reunion will bring many visitors to Westby who will

be able to stop by the museum to see the exciting changes that have been made to the displays and research center in the past several years.

November will bring the announcement of Volunteer of the Year and another special Open House on Sunday, November 10 as we honor our veterans. Then, December will bring our Annual Meeting.

Then, in January and February, we hope to take advantage

of the slower moving winter days by performing some of

the TLC maintenance at the Thoreson House Museum

that never seems to end. We will always have something to do!

Organizing storage areas, cataloguing donations, painting and repairing walls, and continuing to design new displays will keep us

very busy for the next several months.

The biggest project we are currently facing is to find a solution

for the water that is seeping into the basement. Several options are

being considered and the Board will be careful as they move forward with any decision. Water can be a structural problem but it also affects the dampness in the basement that affects its usefulness as a storage facility. Because the museum doesn't have much "extra" space, the basement is a precious and necessary area for us to be able to use.

We hope to have the situation taken care of before the spring thaw

and rains begin. We will keep you updated on this project

here on the website and in our "History Keepers" newsletter.There will be considerable expense to this project. If you would like more information on how you can donate to this major repairs, please do not hesitate to email us at westbywihistory@gmail.com with your questions.

Please check back often to this website or find our Facebook page

for more details about our events and other happenings.

We hope to see you at a monthly meeting

any first Monday of the month at the 

Thoreson House Museum. Meetings start at 5:30 p.m.

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