This Is What We Do
In a nutshell, the West Volusia Historical Society, through its member-volunteers, provides creative local history educational programming to residents and visitors, fosters local history research, and encourages heritage preservation.
• Thousands of residents and visitors annually experience local history first hand in the hundreds of our docent-led tours of the two museums we operate for the City of DeLand – the Henry A. DeLand House and the DeLand Memorial Hospital.
• Our Conrad Center offers researchers one of the area’s finest professionally cataloged and classified libraries, focused on West Volusia.
• Our recordings of oral history interviews preserve the irreplaceable memories of people who have lived many years in West Volusia or who have special experiences to share.
• Our historic archives protect and share more than 10,000 historic photos, local newspaper files from the 1880’s, and business records of early firms chronicling DeLand’s development since the 1880’s.
• Our volunteers educate and entertain more than 8,000 residents and visitors, from children to seniors, each year through some 600 lectures, workshops, special events, and educational exhibits.
And that's just the beginning. Come visit us and help us do even more.
West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
View Levels and Benefits on our Membership Page
Hours, Directions and FAQs on Visitors Page
Visit the Gift Shop in the DeLand House Museum
Upcoming Programs and Events
General Membership Meeting
Local History Lecture - "A Pineland Understory: Women and African Americans in Historic Orange City", presented by Stetson University researcher Kimberly Reading, 7:00 pm at Conrad Center
Porch Chats With the Pioneers, 6:30-8 pm. See details on the 'NEW' Special Events page and make Advanced reservations on the Events page.