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
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. The goal of this class is for students to leave with the skills to create future pine needle baskets on their own. For ages 11 to 16. Instructor: Diane Moore, Pine Needle Artist. Bring a snack for lunch and a drink. Materials fee: no charge for WVHS members/$10 for non-members. This class is limited to 8 students; reservations and prepayment required.
September 22: Who Was Brave Captain Brock the Brave Steamboat Captain? 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Who is that
bold man in the uniform standing on the docks welcoming the steamboat
passengers? What is that amazing building in the distance? You will soon meet
Captain Brock! Sip “mint juleps” and munch tasty petit fours, while you enjoy
the rocking chairs on the veranda, while the Captain tells you scary tales of
how he ended up in jail during the Civil War and lost everything. Make your own
historic steamboat ticket. Prior reservation and prepayment required. This program qualifies as a Volusia County ECHO Rangers program; those who have registered for ECHO have no additional fee. Otherwise - free to the children of WVHS members; $3 for non WVHS members.
October 27: Celebrate Henry A DeLand's 184th birthday. 1:30—2:30 pm. Meet Henry
DeLand’s daughter Helen and help her make a cake for her father—the founder of our city. Hear stories
about her life in DeLand over 125 years ago. This program qualifies as a Volusia County ECHO Rangers program; those who have registered for ECHO have no additional fee. Otherwise - free to the children of WVHS members; $3 for non WVHS members.