Dear Friends and Members of WAHS,
This time of COVID-19 is unprecedented and WAHS is working hard to navigate during the pandemic. We know that our local businesses are working even harder. It is very important that WAHS give back to them as they have so often donated to and sponsored our events.
This year, we supported the Westby Chamber of Commerce downtown Christmas event by purchasing a $100 gift card that can be redeemed at any Westby business. Anyone who "Liked" our WAHS Facebook posts, published between November 19 and December 3, was entered into a drawing for the $100 gift card. The more "Likes" made, the more entries and chances a person had to win! Using a random number generator, Mayor Danny Helgerson pushed the button to choose Trish Grathen as our lucky winner.
On Saturday, December 5, I met with Trish to present the certificate and found out she has deep Westby roots. Her mother grew up in Westby and her grandfather was a local tobacco buyer back in the day. We are happy that Trish's interest in Westby history brought her to our Facebook page and the contest that will help the businesses that have supported WAHS for so many years!
The holidays are a great way to show appreciation and gratitude for our friends, members and our community. WAHS is full of gratitude for all of you who have supported us in this very difficult year. We wish you and yours continued health and safety in these trying times. Have a very Merry Christmas and we hope that 2021 brings happiness to you all!
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.
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: