Dear Friends and Members of WAHS,
Syttende Mai for WAHS was back and full steam ahead! The lefse was made by Clinton and Beverly Bagstad; Borgen's cooked the pølse; and, the lefse house was set up! We saw so many great people who returned to Syttende Mai on May 14 & 15! It was great to see so many return customers!
The Thoreson House Museum was open with the new displays we have been working on during the pandemic. Norwegian heritage, Syttende Mai, ski jumping, tobacco, and local businesses were all new featured displays. 2017 American Ski Jumping Hall of Famer Rande Lunde was at the museum all day to share his experiences as a judge at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and at the Oslo Holmenkollen! We had so many great comments about the new displays!
The 2022 Grandmother of the Year was chosen and was a BIG surprise for everyone! Holly Phillips and the nominating student, Dominic Tucker, were formally introduced in the Westby Felleskap on Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 am. They were interviewed by Syttende Mai filmmaker Ken Manning just before they walked in the Kiddie Parade. They also appeared in the Big Parade on Sunday, May 15. Big smiles all around told us they were having fun!
Also, be sure to put July 30 on your calendar! Sweet Rides & Sweet Pies will be bigger than ever and plans are underway for a fantastic event. The weather has already guaranteed us it will cooperate so mark your calendar to see all the great vehicles that will be on display and, of course, eat a delicious piece of pie!
Photo on top right: Lefse/pølse is back!
Photo on bottom right: 2017 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Inductee Randy Lunde
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: