Summer Is Here!

Syttende Mai ​was literally a cool one this year! We of hearty Norwegian

ancestry braved the cold temperatures and rain to make the best of it

and get our lefse/pølse! Our June Rummage Sale was also a big success.

 We thank our volunteers, our donors, and our shoppers at these

two big fundraisers. Operating costs for our Thoreson House Museum

are secured through these events and

we appreciate everyone who contributes to these efforts.   

Our June Membership Drive Meeting was a big success. Attending meetings at 1:00 pm is not always possible for our working members and by changing the time of this June meeting to 5:30 pm, more members were able to join us.

We also saw a few new faces. Moving the time was so successful, we will have our July meeting at 5:30 pm as well. To allow families to enjoy the July 4th holiday, the meeting will be July 10th and not the usual First Monday of the Month.

Please be sure to put it on your calendar!

Plans are underway for our second Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies event!

Save July 29th for a fun afternoon of pie, ice cream, root beer floats and a classic car show. Members of the Coulee Classic Cars Club, along with their friends and other car enthusiasts, will be showing off their "sweet rides" on the grounds of the Thoreson House Museum. Come and vote for your favorite! 

Finally, but certainly not least, the

Thoreson Museum will be open to the public

every Saturday from June 10 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. You will see how easy it is to become a member

and  help support our efforts to preserve the stories of the Westby area! 

 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


                                                            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!