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


                                                       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!     

Thoreson House Museum

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.

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


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!


Our annual Syttende Mai celebration has been cancelled but we are

still looking forward to many of our usual summer events! Many applications for our Grandmother of the Year Award were submitted

and the  announcement will be made as soon as we can get a photo

and do an interview.  

WAHS volunteers usually are available for Thoreson House Museum

tours during the summer months but, for now, we will not be opening

the museum. We plan to do so as soon as we get an OK from the Safer

At Home opening phase information so stay tuned to this website and

our Facebook page for more information and updates

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. Because the Grandmother of the Year was not able to participate in our usual Syttende Mai events this year, you will meet her and her grandson at Sweet Rides!

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 one of our website pages. Be sure you click on the above tab 

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!