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!     

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.  


Our Mission

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

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.


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


                                                       Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

Thoreson House Museum


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!


So many things are happening this year! Our annual Syttende Mai celebration is just around the corner and starting on the first Saturday in June, we will be open from Noon until 4:00 every Saturday. Those are things we have enjoyed and done for many years. But some other things are going on that we have been planning for awhile......

In April, WAHS is partnering with the Bekkum Memorial Library

Carve In 4 to host a woodcarving class. World - recognized flat plane carver, author, teacher and all-around nice guy Harley Refsal is coming 

to Westby! Harley will be teaching woodcarving at the Thoreson House Museum on April 24 and April 26. It is a "reservations only" class and has already been nearly filled. Harley will be the Featured Carver at Carve In 4 on Saturday, April 25 where attendees can talk with him about the art and hobby of woodcarving. The event, in the Community Center of Westby in the basement of the Bekkum Library, is free! This is an

exciting way for WAHS to promote our Norwegian heritage and

we are grateful that Harley has agreed to be here!

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.

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 a following page. Be sure you visit 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!