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!     


October is busy!

Liv Marit Haakenstad is visiting Westby from her

home in Hamar, Norway and 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. Rommegrøt is a special holiday treat and Bertha will be serving hers! Come join us!

On Friday and Saturday, October 20 & 21, several members of the Board of Directors will be attending seminars at the Wisconsin Historical Society Annual Meeting in La Crosse. Many topics will be covered and new ideas will come back to our meetings. These seminars are always very informative and help us to manage the collections, serve our members, and fulfill our mission.

Look for some of these new ideas in next year's programs.

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! 

Finally, at the October 2 general membership meeting, we voted for the Volunteer of the Year! Join us at the November 6 meeting when the award is presented to Roy Jefson. Roy has been a faithful WAHS volunteer for many years. Especially during the summer months, you can see him working with the flowers and tending the gardens when he is planting, pruning, and weeding. This is a well-deserved award and we will proudly present it to Roy on November 6.    

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