Dear Friends and Members of WAHS,
Syttende Mai is almost here and WAHS will be participating in the City of Westby celebration! This year we will have an Open House at the Thoreson House Museum on Saturday, May 15th, from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm, masks requested. Although we will not be able to open the second floor of the museum, we will show all the good work and new displays that have been completed on the first floor during the pandemic shutdown. Life Member, Bertha Johnson, will be selling her famous and very delicious rømmegrøt from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm – if it lasts that long! You will be able to purchase "to go" cold servings to take home so be sure you get enough to share with the family. Ron Janzen, nominated by his granddaughter Hailee, is our 2021 Grandfather of the Year. He and Hailee will be walking in the 10:00 am Kiddie Parade. You can find more about them in our newsletter, on Facebook and in the Vernon County Times. As you can see, it is a scaled-back version of our usual Syttende Mai celebration but we are glad to be back!
This past year has been a challenge for everyone and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your gifts, and your donations to WAHS. It means a great deal to me and the board to have your support. We will do everything we can to be the best stewards of the museum, its collection and the archives. We appreciate you! We expect to be open this summer on Saturdays from Noon until 3:00 pm and hope you can visit us soon!
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: