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. 

Programs for Youth
​& the Young-at-Heart
In keeping with the nationwide efforts to promote the safety and sell-being of our community, the Conrad Educational and Research Center is currently open only on a limited basis.  But we are already planning exciting workshops for the Fall. A partial schedule is below.  Mark your calendar and check back for more.  
Handed Down - Basic Sewing 101 Workshop is now online
​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.​​​​
Fall Workshop Schedule
October 24  Sew What? From repairs to making your own accessories clothes and everything in between, it all starts with the basics of using a needle and thread.  This is a workshop for children.  If you have already taken one of our sewing workshops, you will enjoy new challenges here.  If you have never taken a stitch, this will jump start you to becoming a sewer!  Ages 8 and to 15. Time: 9:00 – noon.  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth - FREE for WVHS members/$10 for not yet members
October 11  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 are invited to this workshop as well.  The workshop is for young and young at heart! Ages 8 and up. Time: 9:00 – noon.  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth - $5 material charge for WVHS members/$10 for not yet members.  Adults - $10 material charge for WVHS members/$15 for not yet members
September 19  Cute as a Button!   From functional to fashionable, buttons have been around for 5000 years. In this workshop we will explore the simple round button, a bit of the history of buttons, and how we can elevate this utilitarian piece into a fun fashion statement.  We will make button jewelry and a button doll. Adults are invited to this workshop as well.  The workshop is for young and young at heart! Ages 8 and up. Time: 10:00 – noon.  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth -  FREE for WVHS members/$5 for not yet members.  Adults - FREE for WVHS members/$10 for not yet members
September 26  Tea for Two or Three or Four! Join us for a fancy tea party and learn about the traditional etiquette of tea in a fun way.  Think china tea cups, tablecloths, flowers, and three courses of tasty finger food!  We will also have a silent auction with a variety of great gifts.  This is for adults and children so gather your friends, your family, and make a reservation for this event! Ages 6 and up. Time: 11:30 – 1:30.  Location: Conrad Center  Ticket details TBA
November 21  Monkeying Around Sock monkeys have been favorite toys for decades.  In this workshop each person will be making their own sock monkey to take home by stuffing and hand stitching using traditional Rockford socks. The ability to stitch by hand is a prerequisite to this workshop for Ages 8 and up. Time: 10:00 – 12:00  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth - $10 material charge for WVHS members/$15 for not yet members.  Adults - $15 material charge for WVHS members/$20 for not yet members
November 7  Poking Around: Needle Felting Working with natural fiber is an exciting experience!  We will be learning to dry felt wool and local alpaca fiber.  This is accomplished by the use of special felting needles to compress the soft and lofty fibers into a harden piece. We will use leather finger covers for protection but be aware that this involves sharp needles. Ages 8 and up. Time: 10:00 – 12:00.  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth - $10 material charge for WVHS members/$15 for not yet members.  Adults - $10 material charge for WVHS members/$20 for not yet members
December 5  Holiday Gift Making We will be making a variety of small gifts and will have wrapping materials so that children can create gifts to give for holidays. Further project details will be added later. Ages 8 to 15. Time: 10:00 – 12:00  Location: Conrad Center   Cost: Youth – FREE for WVHS members/$10 for not yet members.
September 12 ECHO Rangers program   This workshop highlights the "E" in ECHO. Children will explore the ENVIRONMENT of the orange grove and the Turp Camp. They will learn facts about growing citrus, pick an orange off a tree and taste some fresh orange juice. They will learn how to notice "cat-faced" trees and hear about the sticky life in the Turp Camps. Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Location: Conrad Center. Cost: free to children who register for the ECHO Rangers program. Click this link for information.
November 7  ECHO Rangers Program  This workshop highlights the "C" in ECHO. Children will explore what life - the CULTURE - was in DeLand a hundred years ago. What did they have that we have? What do we have that they had? Make a list and then make an imaginary person! You will have to think of a name, what they wore, their age, where they lived, all about them. Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm. Location: Conrad Center. Cost: free to children who register for the ECHO Rangers program. Click this link for information.