Dear Friends and Members of WAHS,
2023 was very exciting for WAHS! First, we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of the Snowflake Ski Club when we were invited to display 100 years of their history. We filled a cabin with so much information, photos, artifacts, and even video for visitors to watch. Members of the Snowflake Board of Directors came to visit and gave resounding approval for our efforts! It was great fun and we had hundreds of visitors!
Syttende Mai, on May 20 & 21, proved to be a big success for WAHS! Grandfather of the Year Dan Kotek, more than 100 visitors to the Thoreson Museum Open House, our annual lefse/pølse sale, and a new sign in front of the museum made it all very special. Thank you to every who came!
We had our Spring and Fall Cemetery Stone Cleaning Workshops and will had museum Open House Saturdays from Noon until 3:00 pm during June, July, and August. We hope you were able to join us to see all the great displays we have at the museum!
Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies on Saturday, July 29th included more than 245 cars, 70 pies with ice cream, a swap meet, vendors, and a new activity – the Uff Da Challenge! This sanctioned United States Strongman competition brought a lot of fun to our event! To see photos from the event, go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/sweetridessweetpies.
Marlo Volden was voted as the 2023 WAHS Volunteer of the Year. Marlo has served on the board for many years not only as a director but as an officer. He is an always willing volunteer who works in whatever capacity is needed whether it be maintaining the grounds, giving museum tours, or directing traffic at Sweet Rides. Thank you, Marlo, for all you do for WAHS!
Roy and Joyce Stephan were also awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in November. From the very beginning of Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies, they have been instrumental in assuring our success! We couldn't do it without them and look forward to the 2024 Sweet Rides being a great one!
Our 2023 Annual Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 12 in the historic Logan Mill Lodge meeting room. The Social Hour came before a chili bar lunch with sandwiches and special desserts. The Annual Report and 2023 financials were presented before the BoD election. I want to thank all of our special guests and the members who attended. It was wonderful seeing such a full room!
Thank you for your continued support of the Westby Area Historical Society during all these wonderful 2023 events. If you would like a tour of the museum or need help with your genealogy research, please contact us. We have so much to offer to our friends and members! Be sure to check out our Facebook page for the latest news and updates! 2024
will be a wonderful year for WAHS and we hope you can join us for our meetings and activities!
Top: History display at the 2023 Snowflake Ski Jumping Tournament welcomes former State Senator Brian Rude, State Assembly Member Loren Oldenburg, Mayor Dan Helgerson, and US Representative Derrick Van Orden.
Middle: Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies cars on display.
Bottom left: SRSP Chairperson Garland McGarvey presenting Joyce & Roy Stephan with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bottom right: I'm presenting Marlo Volden with the 2023 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Westby has a rich heritage steeped
in Norwegian culture. The first
immigrants came to this area from
Biri, Norway in 1848. Letters sent home
to Norway described rich farmland,
prosperity and freedom that
encouraged many families to follow.
Founded in 1989, the Westby
Area Historical Society is an
educational organization dedicated
to the history, heritage and
culture of our area.
Send mail to:
P. O. Box 42
Westby, WI 54667
The Thoreson House Museum is open
Please call to visit!
If you were hoping to get a tour of the museum and we are closed, please call John at
608-575-2500. He just might be able to help!
Leave a message at: 608.634.4478
Find us on Facebook at:
Our main floor library is
available for genealogy research
where we have family history
collections and original records
for births, marriages and
deaths in Westby.
Photographs, scrapbooks, a
collection of the WESTBY TIMES
newspapers, business records
and minutes from community
organizations have been donated
and are available for
WAHS provides many services and programs. The following are just a few of our activities and events: