West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
About UsThe 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 worked to deliver quality educational programming to residents and visitors, foster local history research, and encourage heritage preservation.
The mission and role of the WVHS is essential because:
We accomplish this through the varied services, resources, programs and activities that we provide to both residents and visitors.
- History nurtures personal identity
- History teaches critical skills
- History helps provide vital places to live and work
- History stimulates economic development
- History fosters engaged citizens
- History fosters leadership
- History provides a legacy
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.