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!     


Incredible Donations!

The memorials, donations, and gifts of artifacts and items to WAHS has been incredible in the past few months!  Saying "Thank You" just doesn't seem to be enough for what our generous members and friends have given.  A beautiful wall clock from the Westby State Bank, beautiful photographs and financial help are all very welcomed and appreciated.  I have to specifically mention a gift from Mike Mowery - a to scale model of downtown Westby, circa 1910. This is an incredible work of art! Meticulous and beautiful, Mike spent 3 years researching and 5 years building this exhibit. We will be having an Open House on October 22 so please put that date on your calendar to see this wonderful donation.


Our next meeting on Monday, September 11, at 5:30pm is one week later than our usual monthly meeting to allow our members to enjoy the Labor Day holiday.  Please join us when we make plans for the rest of the WAHS year.

Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies on July 29 was a fantastic success!

Pie and ice cream, cool cars, lots of great friends and beautiful weather made for a perfect afternoon. We already are working with a sponsor to make plans for next year's event.  Join us on Saturday, July 28, 2018 for an even bigger and better

Sweet Rides and Sweet Pies next year! 

Remember, the Thoreson Museum will be open to the public

this summer for a couple more Saturday afternoons, 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.

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

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