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!     


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

Thoreson House Museum

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


Our Mission


2019 is here and we are ready!



There has already been a Board meeting and we are planning

for the year! Our wonderful lefse pølse will return at Syttende Mai

in May; the rummage sale will happen in June; and the

4th Annual Sweet Rides and Sweet Pies will be here in July!


All of these great fundraisers will help us make improvements

to the Thoreson House Museum and to the services

our organization provides to its members and our community.


This spring we will be installing an outdoor sign - a big one that is lit -

so that the museum will be more easily visible to the community and ​more easily located for visitors. Thank you to Karen Hankee,

our award-winning local rosemaling artist, for donating her

time, talent and artwork to this project.


We will also be doing a significant updating to the landscaping

by changing the gardens, especially along the front,

or west road side,of the museum. Overgrowth of the plantings and infesting weeds will be removed, and classic hydrangeas will

be planted to compliment the facade.


Our largest project is the installation of shelving,

made by Timberland Custom Woodworks, to store the many

bound volumes in the collection. Nearly 100 years of

the Westby Times will be easy to see and more 

accessible when this is done.

Genealogy, school days and even weather

on the day you were born will be easy to research.


Check back often to this website or find our Facebook page

for more updates. We hope to see you at a monthly meeting,

any first Monday of the month, at Thoreson, at 5:30 p.m.

Snacks are included so it's always a fun night!  









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.  

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.