West Volusia Historical Society
137 W. Michigan Ave.
DeLand, FL  32720
PH: 386-740-6813
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
Gift Shop Feature of the Month
Memory Lane: A History of the Street Names of DeLand, Florida by Louise Ball Caccamise traces the history of DeLand’s Street names through the years from the December day in 1876, when the first seven streets were named. It also tells about the subdivisions and the people for whom they were named. Covering over 650 streets, it is carefully researched, documented and indexed. Early photographs add to the information. $25.00
Items Previously Featured
Minutes and Memorials of the Old Settlers of DeLand, Florida.  Written in the time period from 1882 through 1926, when the group held annual meetings to reminisce and enjoy each other's company.  This is the record of DeLands' early days and the first families. At their first gathering, they named their association "The Pioneers of DeLand and Vicinity," but were referred to simply as the "Old Settlers." For over forty years, the Old Settlers gathered for their annual meetings to reminisce and enjoy each other's company. It is from this book that we gain great insight into DeLand's beginnings.

​​Written by Hettie M. Austin, the secretary of the group, it was transcribed by Louise Ball Caccamise from the handwritten account.  $25.00.
Hot Sand & Sandspurs. Bill Dreggor's Story and the Story of DeLand. 
William J. "Bill" Dreggors, 2007. In this interesting autobiography, Bill's vivid memories tell story of a man destined to be a lifelong historical preservationist, woven with the history and culture of Florida Crackers in DeLand.  $9.95
Coloring Booklets

​​The Lue Gim Gong color booklet tells the story of the famous horticulturist who lived in DeLand and was awarded a silver medal for his work with citrus.  The booklet was created and illustrated by father-daughter team and lifetime DeLand residents Greg and Sloane Gilmore. 

The John B. Stetson color booklet tells the story of the famous hat manufacturer who lived in DeLand and was a principal benefactor of Stetson University. This booklet was created and illustrated by Margaret Rose Scribner who is a semi-retired artist, entrepreneur and author
Printed compliments of E.O. Painter Printing Company, these booklet sells for $1​
Nostalgia Collection. Handcrafted gifts using the images from circa 1927 DeLand tourism flyers from the WVHS collection.​​ Items include: earrings, necklace, tote bag, tee shirt, bookmark and Christmas ornaments.  Prices range from $4.50 to $19.25
Society Collection. Handcrafted gold plated jewelry featuring the colorful enameled WVHS seal. Items include: money clip, cuff links, earrings, and necklace. Prices range from 10.75 to $20.00
DeLand, Florida.  This book in the series Images of America, celebrates the history of the city of DeLand and its own piece of the tapestry that is America.  Authored by Maggi Smith Hall, Michael Justin Holder and the West Volusia Historical Society, it features hundreds of vintage images, local memories personal stories, and unique points of view.  Nestled in Central Florida, DeLand was founded in 1882 and balances a strong sense of community with a willingness to allow progress.  A great book for anyone interested in DeLand's rich history.  $21.99.
Better Country Beyond. West Volusia Historical Society Archivist Karen Ryder weaves often-told stories and long-buried accounts into an exciting adventure story of the DeLand's formative years. After years of research Karen has crafted a Cinderella tale of "rags to riches." Suspenseful plot turns and quirky characters combine to give readers an in-depth view of the early years of this unusual town on the Florida frontier.  $29.95.