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
​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. 

Please call 386-740-6813 to register your child 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.

Programs for Youth
November 16, 2019  10 am to 12 noon

​​Rustic Soap Making the Old Fashioned way! 
You have probablyh seen hand made soap in shops and art shows. Learn how to make goat's milk soap scented with herbs, flowers and oils the way our founders made it. Hand crafted soap can be a great gift for the holidays and kids will go home with instructions to continue making soap at home. Children ages: 8 - 14. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non members
November 23, 2019  9 am to 12 noon

​Bright Ideas Before Electricity: Candle Making
Imagine a time before electricity! When the sun went down, how did our early founders see to read, work and play? They used candles, which were considered quite precious. In this workshop we will make dipped beeswax candles using two different methods the way our ancestors did and learn more about life before electricity in homes. Each child will go home with candles to use in their own home. Children ages: 8 - 14. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non members
November 23, 2019  1 - 4 pm

​You Keep Me in Stitches - Crochet
Learn this traditional craft as ladies have been doing for over 200 years. We will learn the basic stitches and begin a simple project. Supply cost of $5 for all participants. Additional $5 workshop fee for WVHS non members.  Children ages: 8 - 12. 
December 7, 2019  10 am - 12 noon

​​Chocolate IS History
In 164, chocolate first arrived in the American colonies. Where? In FLORIDA! Chocolate is more than just a food or confection. Chocolate reflects different groups of people, cultures and historical events from antiquity to the present, and allows us to share a common connection through time. We will be using primitive butter molds to create our treats and perhaps discover our inner Paul Hollywood!  Children ages: 8 - 12. Free for WVHS members; $5 for non members.