We believe that the history of the Westby, WI area is important to preserve. We collect photographs and documents outlining the history of the Westby area. The Thoreson House Museum, one of the community's historic homes, has an impressive pedigree. We open our building for meetings of area organizations and even weddings. As a museum, we collect artifacts relating to the pioneer families, as well as preserving their genealogical and historical information.
We have a simple mission: 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 Newsletter "History Keepers"
Published four times a year, our newsletter tells our members about new acquisitions, volunteer opportunities and highlights stories and old images of Westby.
Thoreson House Museum Remodeling
In 2012, we added a large and relaxing porch to the front of the museum. We took out several walls in the upstairs to combine two small rooms into one and we repaired the roof. In 2014, the windows were replaced and in the spring of 2015, new siding was installed. We have invested in appropriate permanent shelving to store our entire collection of Westby Times newspapers. In 2019, a new sign was installed to better identify the museum and our location.
We recently added themed displays to reflect specific Westby area history including a veteran's honor room, farming, schools, ski jumping and area churches. We also set up a research library which includes genealogical and historical materials from the area.
Special displays throughout the year at the Bekkum Memorial Library help to highlight some of the wonderful artifacts held at the Thoreson House Museum. WAHS members plan, design and construct these displays so that adults and students from the Westby Area School District can learn from and enjoy them..
Send mail to: P. O. Box 42
Westby, WI 54667
Leave a message at: (608) 634-4478
Noon - 4:00 PM
June 1 to Aug 31
Visit our museum at: 111 Bekkedal Ave.