West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
The mission of the West Volusia Historical Society (WVHS) is to preserve and promote the history of west Volusia County.
For more than 40 years, the WVHS has delivered quality educational programming to residents and visitors, fostered local history research, and encourage heritage preservation.
The role of the WVHS is essential because supporting history nurtures personal identity, teaches critical skills, stimulates economic development, fosters engaged citizens and assures legacy.
The West Volusia Historical Society is a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. It operates the Henry A. DeLand House Museum and curates nine displays in the DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans Museum as well as the Burgess Building annex. Other historical organizations in DeLand operate under different management and are not affiliated with West Volusia Historical Society.
William (Bill) J. Dreggors
1926 - 2017
It's All About History
William (Bill) J. Dreggors, Jr. was associated
with the history and imagery of the DeLand
area for decades. A fourth generation
Floridian, he attended DeLand HS, served in
the US Navy and returned to work with
Florida Power for 42 years before retiring to
begin his second career as a Folk Historian.
From childhood, Bill had a strong interest in the history of his native surroundings and shared knowledge gained throughout his adult years. In his well-known character role as Henry DeLand, he built enthusiasm for history in young and old alike.
Bill created over 120 programs about the early years of Volusia County and many other Florida areas, focusing on historical points of interest, authenticated little known facts and wove colorful folk stories dealing with early Florida growth.
He was instrumental in the restoration of the Henry Deland House Museum and has served as a leader and living historian with the WVHS, which he helped found. His collections of electrical equipment and other artifacts are on display in DeLand's Memorial Hospital and Military Museum. Bill’s vision and mission for living history continue on in the programs and services associated with the WVHS’s community outreach.
The WVHS wishes to thank our Grant Partners.Click their logo for more information on what they offer.
Individuals and businesses can also support the WVHS. See the membership page for Patron options.