These workshops actively involve history seekers in the skills and stories that were traditionally handed down from generation to generation.

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. 

The West Volusia Historical Society provides interesting hands-on experiences for the youth of our community,


Programs are held in the WVHS Conrad Educational & Research Center located at 137 W Michigan Avenue in DeLand unless otherwise indicated.


Reservations are required.  Call West Volusia Historical Society -- 386-740-6813

Hands-on History


Programs for Youth & the Young-at-Heart

Handed Down - Basic Sewing 101 Workshop is online

2023 History Seekers Workshop Schedule

This two-part video introduces hand sewing for children.


First project: The tools and supplies needed to complete this project are: sharp scissors, needle, thread, pencil, pins, small piece of fabric (no larger than 10" x 10" is needed - a square of felt is preferred but any light to medium weight fabric will do), a button, stuffing (fiber fill, batting, or even cotton balls will work).

Second project: Another small piece of fabric and a piece of ribbon, cord, or even a shoelace approsimately 18" long is all that is needed. Some ironing is use for the second project to parental supervision is necessary for that portion of the activity.

This fall and winter we will be exploring a variety of fiber materials: cotton, wool, alpaca, threads, and more. Reuse, recycle, and recreate will also be a part of our workshops as we talk about earlier times in our history when people had to be thrifty. Learning to make things not only is satisfying, it also builds self-esteem and teaches the values of hand crafting and conserving resources.

Workshops for Kids.               Workshops for Adults. 

January 14, 2023 - Let's Play in Your Yard: Intermediate Sewing          With just one yard of fabric, kids will be able to stitch up an article of clothing or any one of several different items. This workshop builds on previous sewing experience so the ability to hand sew with a needle and thread is required. Each child will bring their own yard of fabric and will choose what to make. We will use patterns, focus on measurements to fit, and construct our items using a sewing machine. This workshop will be limited to only a few children at a time to allow for adequate adult assistance but will be offered more than one time. Once registered for the workshop, you will be given information to assist with selecting your fabric. Ages 10 to 16.  Time: 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth - $10 WVHS Household Members/$15 for non-members.

January 28, 2023   Don't Weave Without Me          Folks have been weaving for thousands of years and there are a nearly endless variety of looms from ancient to contemporary, but they all have something in common: weaving is all about the warp and the weft. In this workshop we will explore simple and small weaving and loom styles that will be an introduction to the art and craft of weaving. No prior weaving experience is needed. Each child will leave with their own weaving project, a small loom and materials to complete their project at home. Ages 8 to 16. Time: 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: $15 materials charge for WVHS Household Members/$20 for non-members.

March 25, 2023   Pieced Quilt Blocks with a Twist           Making quilts by combining pieced blocks is a tradition that has been passed down for generations. In this workshop, we will explore the possibilities of quilt blocks and focus on designs, colors, and the piecing, but will skip the sewing skills! Instead, we will create our designs by drawing, then move to colored paper, and finally to fabric. We will use iron-on materials to secure our pieces to a fabric background which can later be used as a pillow top or a fun piece to hang on a wall. No prior sewing experience is necessary. Youth ages 9 to 16. Time: 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: $10 for WVHS Household Members/$15 for non-members.

April 1, 2023 Bunny Breakfast                     Back by popular demand, we will enjoy a "formal" breakfast on our bunny china followed by needle felting wool "eggs" with soft, colorful designs. No prior needle felting experience is necessary, but since felting needles are sharp, delicate and breakable, we take precautions and all participants must follow instructions carefully. Needle felting is fun and enjoyable! Kids at heart may be included if space is available. For YHouth ages 9 to 16. Time: 9 am - 12 noon. Conrad Center.  Cost: Youth $10/Adults $15 for WVHS Household Members. For non-members Youth $15/Adults $20.

February 11, 2023   Love Letters                    It's all about hearts this time of year! We will be looking at vintage valentines and creating our own valentines and heart-shaped treasures. This is a multi-media workshop. For Youth ages 9 to 16, and Adults. Time: 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth $10/Adults $15 for WVHS Household Members. For non-members Youth $15/Adults $20.

March 11, 2023   All Buttoned Up                    Buttons are such common everyday objects. But with a little imagination and oodles of buttons to choose from, the sky is the limit. This workshop, as with many others this year, encourages recycling and repurposing in our creative endeavors. For Youth ages 9 to 16, and Adults. Time: 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth $10/Adults $15 for WVHS Household Members. For non-members Youth $15/Adults $20.

April 15, 2023 A Stitch in Time                     It is amazing what you can do with a needle and thread. We will take a look at some antique samplers and see how children in the past learned to embroider. In this workshop, kids will learn some simple but very useful stitches and then create a colorful pin to add to a backpack, hat, or anyplace they want. Once we get the basics down, the sky is the limit in what can be embellished with embroidery stitches! We will provide all to the stitching supplies.  For Youth ages 10 to 16. Time: 9 am - 12 noon. Conrad Center.  Cost: Youth $10/Adults $15 for WVHS Household Members. For non-members Youth $15/Adults $20.