West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
The West Volusia Historical Society provides interesting hands-on experiences for the youth of our community to help bring history, our shared past, to life. Learning about the treasures of the past gives children a new perspective to view their lives today and to prepare for their future.
History Seekers gets children actively involved in the skills and stories that were traditionally handed down from generation to generation. Download the full calendar of events here.
Please call 386-740-6813 to register your child for any upcoming program. The location for these programs is the Conrad Center Complex - 137 West Michigan Avenue in DeLand, unless otherwise noted.
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Programs for Youth
May 19 - Introduction to Woodworking. 9 - noon. An outfitted woodworking shop in DeLand. What was it like to be a pioneer carpenter?
Learn about an essential skill for early settlers, mortise and tenon joining, used in building construction, furniture and other smaller wooden items. See a collection of antique tools and learn how they were used and how we may use different tools today. Each child will work with tools and make a mortise and tenon woodworking project to take home. For youngsters ages 10 - 14. Space is limited to six children. A fee of $10 per child for families who are members of the West Volusia Historical Society ($15 per child for non members) is required upon registration. Directions to the location will be announced when you register. Download Flyer.
June 23 - Florida's historic paddle-wheelers. 2:30 - 3 pm. Learn about the steamboats that traveled the St. John's River over one hundred years ago. The Hattie, The Fannie Dugan, and the Frederick DeBary were three that may have docked at Enterprise and Blue Springs Landing. Build your own steamboat from wood scraps, name your boat and try it out in the pool.
July 21 - Christmas in July. 1:30 - 3 pm. Celebrate the spirit of Christmas early this year by making your own recycled Christmas tree. Play "Pin the Tail on the Reindeer" and make a Christmas in July card.
August 25 - Make a Pine Needle Trinket Basket - 9 am - 1 pm. In this class, students will have fun creating a small pine needle trinket basket using the same basic techniques that were used by early Florida pioneers many years ago to make essential baskets from longleaf pine needles. Ages 11 and older. Instructor: Diane Moore, Pine Needle Artist. Bring a snack and a drink. Materials fee. This class size is limited to 8 students; reservations and prepayment required.