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.
Programs for Youth
Your Family Tree. November 3rd. 9 am - noon.
You can be a family detective and learn more about the history of your own family! You will put together a family tree of your own relatives and do several family tree fun activities. Parents will need to pick up an info form prior to the workshop and bring the completed form to the workshop. Learn to be a super family sleuth!
Ages 9 - 14. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non-members.
Basic Sewing 101. November 10th. 9 am - noon.
From basic to artistic, you can do so much (sew much!) if you know how to sew! This three-hour workshop will introduce children ages 8 - 12 to sewing skills as handed down from generation to generation. They will learn about patterns, basic sewing vocabulary, and hand and machine stitching. Each child will have the opportunity to complete at least one simple sewing project. All project materials will be supplied.
Ages 8 - 12. Free for WVHS members; $10 for non-members
Basic Quilting and other Fun Stuff! 202. November 17th. 9 am - 1 pm.
We will be introducing the three layer quilt construction with a simple project children can use at home. There will be plenty of choices of colors and design and our quilters will be encouraged to use their creativity. Children should bring their sewing box with sharp fabric scissors and lunch. All project materials will be supplied.
Free for WVHS members; $10 for non-members.
An Old Fashioned Christmas. December 1st. 2 - 4 pm.
Popcorn and cranberry strung to decorate a tree, handmade ornaments to take home. Glue, glitter, paper, scissors, felt, wire, and more glue! We will have a wide assortment of ornaments for the children to make. We will decorate the tree in the DeLand House Museum with some of our completed ornaments and the rest will go home. We'll also have Christmas cookies to munch on while we work!
Ages 9 - 12. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non-members.
The Art of Beautiful Writing - Intro to Calligraphy. December 29th. 10 am - noon.
As a counter-balance to our high tech lives, many children get inspired to do projects that are handmade. Calligraphy is not only fun to do, it engages a different part of a child's brain than regular writing. Knowing the cursive alphabet is not a prerequisite for this workshop - but it helps. Children will go home with plenty of practice sheets and will complete several small projects as well
Ages 8 - 14. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non-members.