These workshops actively involve history seekers 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. 

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

Fall 2022 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.

October 15, 2022 A Stitch in Time: Beginning Embroidery         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 of the stitching supplies. Ages 10 to 16. Time: 9 am – 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth - $10 for WVHS members/$15 for non-members.

Workshops for Kids.               Workshops for Adults. 

October 29, 2022 Sock it to Me!: Recycled Sock Projects          Can you really make something from socks besides…socks? You sure can! In this workshop we will be using colorful sock scraps from a sock manufacturer in North Carolina, a company that is dedicated to not wasting anything, and following their lead by making fun new items from totally recycled materials. We will provide all of the materials but kids can bring ribbon, buttons, or anything else they would like to add to their creations. Most of all, they just need to bring a smile! Ages 10 to 16. 9 am to 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth - $10 for WVHS members/$15 for non-members.

October 29, 2022 Kids at Heart: Decorating Your Wreath          Enter our wreath decorating contest as a part of Christmas in Bloom and join other wreath decorators in this open workshop. We will have glue guns and a variety of decorative materials that you are welcome to add to your wreath. Or, if you already have your plan, bring your wreath and your materials and just enjoy the fellowship of other creative folks! Requirement: Sign up for the wreath decorating contest which will include our selected wreath. Ages 16 to adult. Time: 1 pm to 4 pm. Conrad Center. Cost: FREE!

November 5, 2022 Tee for Two: Recycled Tee Shirt Projects           What can you do with a tee shirt that is too small, worn out, or just isn’t “working” for your wardrobe anymore? You’ll be surprised at how a tee shirt can be cut up and reworked into something completely different. How about a scarf? A headband? A bracelet? A small bag? Bring a tee shirt large or small and let’s use our creativity to make something new! We will have extra shirts to recycle if you don’t have one, or if you get very ambitious and need more material! Ages 10 to 16. Time: 9 am - 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth - $10 for WVHS members/$15 for non-members. 

November 5, 2022 Kids at Heart: Christmas Paper Bead Workshop           With the simplest of materials, paper and glue, you will be able to create a delightful bracelet or a pair of earrings that will be fun to wear during the holiday season or can be given as a gift. Once you learn the “trick” to making these beads, you will be able to continue on your own at home. This workshop is for adults only, kids at heart. And if you already know how to make paper beads, you may want to join in just the same. The more the merrier at these workshops! Ages: Adults. Time: 1 - 3:30 pm. Conrad Center. Cost: $10 for WVHS members/$15 for non-members.

December 3, 2022 Wet Felted Christmas Ornament                    Our fiber workshops are always a lot of fun and this will be no exception. Using wool or alpaca fibers, warm water, a dab of soap and our hands, we will make colorful felted Christmas balls suitable for hanging on a tree! No prior felting experience is needed. Ages 8 and up (Kids at heart are also welcome) Time: 9 am t0 12 noon. Conrad Center. Cost: Youth - $10 WVHS members/$15 for non-members.

December 3, 2022 More Poking Around: Needle Felted Pictures                   Our fiber workshops are always a lot of fun and this will be no exception. Using the simplest of tools, a single felting needle, we will turn felt and wool fiber in a colorful picture. We will applique felt to felt, wool and alpaca fibers to a felt background, and “draw” our pictures with felting needles. While felting needles are VERY sharp and barbed, we use leather finger covers to be safe, however, please make sure that your child is aware that they need to follow our safety directions! Previous needle felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Ages 8 to adult (Kids at Heart are also welcome). Time: 1 to 4 pm. Conrad Center. Cost: $10 material charge for WVHS members/$15 for non-members.