West Volusia Historical Society
137 W. Michigan Ave.
DeLand, FL  32720
PH: 386-740-6813
delandhouse@msn.com
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
History Seekers actively involve participants in the skills and stories that were traditionally handed down from generation to generation.

​The West Volusia Historical Society provides interesting hands-on experiences for the youth of our community, and for adults who are young at heart, to help bring history - our shared past - to life.  Learning about the treasures of the past gives ​​a new perspective to view our lives today and to prepare for our future. 

Please call 386-740-6813 to register for any upcoming program. The location for these programs is the Conrad Educational and Research Center - 137 West Michigan Avenue in DeLand, unless otherwise noted.

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Programs for Youth & the Young-at-Heart
Saturday, January 11, 2020      9 am to 12 noon              for youth & adults
I Never Felt Better... Learn Wet Felting
What do yurts, bowls, and shoes have in common?  They can all be made using the ancient technique of wet felting. Wet felting is a process of using water to interlock layers of sheep or other animal’s wool and fiber and form it into a fabric.  In this workshop, we will wrap handmade soap in wool and felt it and create a sheet of felt using a variety of beautifully dyed Marino wool fibers.  We will get creative and do some fun experiments with wet felting! Adults will have the option of experimenting with dry felting as well.
Ages: 8 years and up. Cost: Youth - a $5 materials charge for WVHS members/$10 for non members.  Adults - $10 materials charge for WVHS members/$20 for non members. 
Saturday, January 18, 2020  10 am to 12 noon
​​Beautiful Writing from the Heart - Calligraphy & Letter Writing

As a counter-balance to our high tech lives, many children get inspired by doing projects that are handmade.  Calligraphy is not only fun to learn, it engages a different part of a child’s brain than regular writing.  Learn how to write with a beautiful hand, similar to how our ancestors wrote.  Using a modern tool, children will learn to write with a traditional flair. We will also learn about the pleasant skill of letter writing and create our own personalized stationery. Knowing the cursive alphabet is not a prerequisite for this workshop but it helps.  
Ages 8 - 14 years. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non members.
​Saturday, January 25, 2020  9 am to 12 noon                   for youth & adults
​Victorian Style Paper Beads & More
This workshop will begin with an introduction to making Victorian styled paper beads and move on to what to do with your beautiful beads once you have made them!  We will learn how to create earrings, bracelets, necklaces, add clasps and much more.  If you have never made a paper bead, this workshop is for you.  If you have made paper beads in the past but don’t know how to make your beads into jewelry, this workshop is also for you! Bead supplies will be provided but clasps, earring findings and spacer beads will be available for purchase. 
​​Ages: 7 years and up.  Cost: Free for members/$15 for non members. 
Saturday, May 2, 2020    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm                          
Seeing is Believing

We will use our sense of sight to play a scavenger hunt game in the DeLand House Museum. This is the last in the series, Your SENSE of History, each based on one of the five senses.
Children grades 1 to 5. Free. This program qualifies for the Volusia County ECHO program.​​ 
​​Saturday, February 15, 2020   9 am to 12 noon
​​Handed Down: Machine Sewing for Kids

Sewing can be a handy skill to have as well as a wonderful outlet for your creativity.  In this workshop, kids will be introduced to using a sewing machine (and an iron!) to create practical projects and explore the possibilities of sewing. Requirement: Kids need to first take Handed Down: Basic Sewing 101 before taking this workshop.
Children ages: 8 - 15 years. Free for WVHS members; $10 for non members.
Thursday, February 6 AND Thursday, Feb 13, 2020   6 to 9 pm.    
​​Sewing Boot Camp for Adults
If you have never been taught how to sew, by hand and by machine, this is a super introductory workshop for you.  You will learn to do basic hand sewing for repairing garments, sew on buttons, learn how to stitch a hem, and try your hand at using a sewing machine.  Not only will you gain some confidence with basic sewing, but you just might decide to try this creative hobby for fun! ​NOTE: This is a six-hour workshop and participants must attend both sessions.
​Ages: 16 years and up. $25 for WVHS members; $50 for non members.
Saturday, February 8, 2020    9 am to 4 pm (with lunch break)  
​​Sewing Boot Camp for Adults
If you have never been taught how to sew, byhand and by machine, this is a super introductory workshop for you.  You will learn to do basic hand sewing forrepairing garments, sew on buttons, learn how to stitch a hem, and try yourhand at using a sewing machine.  Not onlywill you gain some confidence with basic sewing, but you just might decide to try this creative hobby for fun! NOTE: This is a six-hour workshop and participants must attend both sessions.​
​​Ages: 16 years and up. $25 for WVHS members; $50 for non members.
​​Saturday, March 14, 2020   9 am to 12 noon                        for youth & adults
​​Dyeing to Felt

We will be dyeing our own fibers to use in wet felting.  We will use a simple and safe dyeing method to create our own colors.  This workshop will also allow you to explore wet felting, a craft that has been in existence for thousands of years.  Whether you attended our I Never Felt Better… Learn Wet Felting on January 11 or not, you will leave this workshop with basic wet felting skills and colorful fibers to explore further on your own.
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Ages 8 years and up. Cost: Youth $5 materials charge for WVHS members/$10 for non members.  Adults $10 materials charge for WVHS members/$20 for non members.
​​Saturday, March 21, 2020   9 am to 12 noon 
Handed Down - Basic Sewing 101

This three-hour workshop will introduce children to sewing skills as handed down from generation to generation.  They will learn about patterns, basic sewing vocabulary, and hand stitching.  Each child will have the opportunity to complete at least one simple sewing project.  The materials fee will include a basic kit of supplies that will go home at the end of the workshop.  Each child should bring a pair of scissors sharp enough to cut fabric and a container with a lid for their supplies: shoe box, plastic box, etc.

Ages 8 - 14 years. Cost: FREE for WVHS members/$10 for non members.
​​Saturday, April 4, 2020   10 am to 12 noon     
Family History Detectives - Your Family Tree

Do you know when and where your grandparents were born?  What about your great-grandparents? In this workshop, children will be introduced to genealogy and will learn how to fill their family information on a family tree.  They will also make a birthday book to fill with important family dates. Prior to the workshop, parents will receive a form to fill out with their child’s family information.

​Ages 7 - 15 years. Cost: FREE for WVHS members/$5 for non members.
​​Saturday, April 18, 2020   10 am to 12 noon  
Silhouettes

Displaying a silhouette of a loved one has been a tradition for over 250 years.  A silhouette was a way of having an image of a loved one before photos were available.  We will learn about the traditional, low tech way of creating a silhouette, try our hands at that, and then see what results we achieve with some higher tech assistance.  Children will leave with at least one silhouette.

Ages 9 - 15 years. Cost: FREE for WVHS members/$5 for non members.
Saturday, February, 2020    1:30 pm to 2:30 pm                          
News & Popular Sounds

Sound
is so connected to our history. This program explores the music and household sounds of bygone days. This is the fourth in the series, Your SENSE of History, each based on one of the fivesenses.
Children grades 1 to 5. Free. This program qualifies for the Volusia County ECHO program.​​