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!     


Fall is here!


For the past several months, our general membership meetings have

been held on our usual first Monday of the month, but we have been

meeting later, at 5:30 pm, to accommodate members who work, and to

try to attract potential new members. It has been working! Our attendance

is up and we have recently welcomed several new members. We will

continue these 5:30 meetings through the end of the year! 

It seems ridiculous to be talking about plans through the end of

the year but being September, that is our reality.  We will

see you on Monday, October 2 at 5:30 pm

at the Thoreson Museum when we vote for

the 2017 Volunteer of the Year – please come!

Our next event will be when Liv Marit Haakenstad visits Westby from her

home in Hamar, Norway. She will be presenting a program in our

Adult Lecture Series on Saturday, October 7 at 2:00 pm

at the Westby Community Center (lower level of the Bekkum library) 

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 and see what differences there are in how we celebrate. Liv Marit will tell us how to have a "true" Norwegian holiday. 

We have a very special event coming at the end of October.  

On Sunday, October 22, from 11 am until 4 pm,

we will have an Open House at the Thoreson House Museum.

For 3 years, Mike Mowery researched, then worked for 5 years,

to build a beautiful diorama depicting downtown Westby in 1910. 

Working from old photographs and plat maps, Mike's work of art and

accuracy shows buildings, a horse-and-cart with driver and milk cans,

fences, the train depot and much more. Mike has donated this spectacular

piece to WAHS and we will be reorganizing the room to appropriately

showcase it. The model is 3' x 6", and about 4' tall. It is covered with clear

plexiglas so we need to make sure there is plenty of room to walk around

and see all sides of this special donation.  Please join us on the 22nd

so you can see it, too!    

In the meantime, 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