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.
The Month of April - Architecture Treasure Hunt
Pick up your "treasure map" at the West Volusia Historical Society or download your copy here.
Then visit the various downtown DeLand historic buildings to pick up your clues to discover what makes them our "treasures", their quirky stories from the past or their unique architectural features. Turn in your complete map at the Conrad Center - 137 West Michigan Avenue - to be entered into a drawing for prizes. For ages 6 - 14.
April 28, 2018 - All aboard a Florida steamboat! - 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
THIS PROGRAM IS CANCELLED PLEASE CHECK THE FULL CALENDAR FOR ADDITIONAL EVENTS. This program is a part of Volusia County’s ECHO Ranger
children's program. See this page for more information about the Volusia County ECHO Ranger programs.
May 5, 2018 - Metal Detecting - 9 - 11 am.
Like treasure hunters, metal detecting helps us search below ground for things that we could not otherwise see! A group of metal detectors, led by Ken Arrington, will display some of their many finds from the area. Then the metal detectors and our History Seekers will search the property around the DeLand House Museum and Conrad center seeking hidden treasures. Program is ideal for youngsters aged 8 - 18 who are interested in hidden treasures. There is no charge for participation but reservations are required. Flyer.
May 19 - Introduction to Woodworking. 9 - noon. An outfitted woodworking shop in DeLand
Learn about an essential skill for early pioneers, mortise and tenon joining, used in building construction as well as in furniture and other smaller wooden items. See a collection of antique tools and learn how they were used and how we may (or may not) use different tools today. Each child will have an opportunity to work with tools and have the satisfaction of making a mortise and tenon woodworking project to take home. For youngsters ages 10 - 12. 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.
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Programs for Youth