Robert M Conrad Educational & Research Center

137 W Michigan Ave. DeLand, Florida

Open Wednesday and Saturday 12 noon - 4 pm.

The Henry A DeLand House Museum

Docent-led tours are suspended

Burgess Pavilion & DeLand Memorial Hospital Exhibits

230 N. Stone Street DeLand, Florida

Open Monday-Friday 12 noon - 4 pm.

Phone: 386-740-6813 .


The Robert M. Conrad Research and Education Center is open on a limited basis for research from 12 noon to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Researchers are strongly encourage to make appointments to assure appropriate Research Assistants are available.  

Tours of the Henry A. DeLand House are suspended. Exhibits in DeLand Memorial Hospital and Veterans Museum and Burgess Pavilion are open on a limited basis.

Click here for more details about visiting the Conrad Center

Our new Makers' Guild Gift Shop features items made by our own Makers' Guild. Even though access to the Historical Society is limited during the pandemic, a selection of items is available with no contact pick up.  

Click here to browse gift shop and place your order 

Limited Re-opening

Coming Events

A holiday season kick-off event held outside in the beautiful pavilion of The Garden Shop of Select Growers, DeLeon Springs. Gingerbread house contest. Bake Shop. Makers' Guild gift shop. Craftsmen demonstrations of heritage crafts.  For information about the Gingerbread Contest click here.

Save the Dates
Sat & Sun, November 21 & 22, 2020 4 - 7 pm.  Historic Oakdale Walk 

Glimpses of WWII: Volusia County Heroes. Historic Oakdale Cemetery. Story-telling by WVHS reenactors, featuring conversations between local WWII soldiers, all of whom hailed from West Volusia or chose to make this area home after their service.

Saturday, November 28, 2020  10 am - 5 pm.  Christmas in Bloom

Christmas in Bloom Gingerbread Contest

Don't miss the WVHS first Annual Gingerbread Contest for kids, adults and groups. Entries on display at the Christmas in Bloom event. Get details and download registration form here and start planning.

Makers' Guild Gift Shop

Saturday, October 17, 2020. 10 am. Parlor Chat on Facebook Live

Meet Dr. Frances Dickinson, ophthalmologist, surgeon, President of Harvey Medical College, and cousin to Susan B. Anthony who worked tirelessly for Woman's Suffrage. She and her family have deep local roots in Orange City. Portrayed by Caryn Long of the West Volusia Historical Society DeLand House Players. For more information on Dr. Dickinson click here. Join us on Facebook /West Volusia Historical Society for the program.

                 On the Ballot November 3, 2020

West Volusia Historical Society members will help determine whether to continue funding to protect Volusia County cultural, historic and recreational facilities (ECHO) and environmentally sensitive lands, beaches, lakes, rivers, and lagoons (Volusia Forever). The Society has benefited directly from ECHO. Thanks to funding from an ECHO grant, Conrad Educational and Research Center has a dedicated Archives Room and sufficient space for one of the largest free local history libraries in the state. We hope such assistance still will be available when needed in the future. Please make an informed decision and vote your values. Click here for more information about these programs. 

Saturday, November 7, 2020. 10 am - noon.  

Poking Around: Needle Felting. Learn to dry felt wool and local alpaca fiber. For kids and adults ages 8 and up. At the Conrad Center. Space is limited to assure appropriate safety precautions. Reservations required. Click this link for details on this and other workshops.

Saturday, October 24, 2020. 9 am - noon.  

Sew What?  A workshop for children ages 8 - 15. From repairs to making your own accessories, clothes and everything in between, it all starts with these basics of using a needle and thread. At the Conrad Center. Space is limited to assure appropriate safety precautions. Reservations required.  Click this link for details on this and other workshops.

Saturday, November 7, 2020. 1:30 - 2:30 pm  

ECHO Rangers Program. Children will explore what life - the CULTURE - was in DeLand a hundred years ago. At the Conrad Center. Space is limited to assure appropriate safety precautions. Click this link for details.