Logo design by Evelyn Larson, 2000

The Westby Area Historical Society usually meets the first Monday of every month at 1:00 pm. Check the President's Message in case there is a change!     


Half Our Summer Is Over!

Wow – it's going by fast. But history tells us that we say those same words

every summer. As this one goes by, we at WAHS are trying something different. We are holding our general membership meetings in the evening.

Our next meeting on Monday, August 7, at 5:30pm allows for people

with jobs and those who are leery of driving at night to attend. We are taking

steps to get a wider, broader membership base and it is working!  

Plans are in place for Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies on July 29!

Join us for a fun afternoon of pie, ice cream, root beer floats and a classic car

drive-in/car show. Members of the Coulee Classic Car Club, along with their friends, other car enthusiasts and anyone who wants to look at cool cars is invited. If you want to show off your "sweet ride," come to register at 1:30. This is a free car show from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the beautiful Thoreson House Museum grounds.   Come to vote for your favorite car – they will receive the People's Choice Award – the coveted rosemaled pie plate trophy, painted by local artist Karen Hankee.  Bring a chair, visit with other car folks and enjoy an afternoon with a piece of Westby's history. 

Remember, the Thoreson Museum will be open to the public

this summer for a couple more Saturday afternoons, through August 29, between noon and 4:00 pm.  Enjoy the afternoon on our big wrap-around porch and take a tour of the museum. We love to show off our beautiful building and our

wonderful collection! We hope you come to see us.

Finally, I would like you to mark your calendar now.  Liv Marit Haakenstad will be visiting Westby from her home in Hamar, Norway. On Saturday, October 7 she will be presenting a program in our Adult Lecture Series called "How Holidays are Celebrated Today in Norway." It will be fun to see if we are holding to the traditions still practiced in our homeland or see what differences there are in how we celebrate. Liv Marit will tell us how to have a "true" Norwegian holiday. 

Please help us in our mission to collect, preserve, promote and communicate the history of Westby. Donate, volunteer, become a member – your participation will help us be successful!

 Blaine Hedberg, President of WAHS



  • 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