Article and photograph courtesy of the West Volusia Historical Society
Recently, Village Life’s own resident editor, Louise Caccamise, was awarded the William J. “Bill” Dreggors Award by the West Volusia Historical Society.
The award, named after the historical society’s founder, was created to honor someone whose body of work for the West Volusia Historical Society exceeded normal contributions and volunteering. Since its inception, there have been only five recipients.
Jackie Kersh, 2017 recipient of the William J. Dreggors award
presents Louise Caccamise as the 2018 winner.
Besides being the resident editor of Village Life, Louise volunteers with the public library and the West Volusia Historical Society. She served as president of the society in 2002, was the board secretary for many years and currently serves as a member of the historical society’s board in addition to serving on its library and museum committees.
Over the years, Louise has written three books pertaining to West Volusia history. In 1999 she wrote Echo’s of Yesterday: A History of the DeLand Area Public Library, 1912-1995; and in 2003 she published The Minutes and Memorials of the Old Settlers of DeLand, Florida, 1882-1926. Her most recent book, Memory Lane, published in 2013, traces the history of DeLand street names. Memory Lane is in its second printing.
One of her major accomplishments was creating an index for the popular book Reflections: West Volusia County, as well as overseeing the Historical Society’s reprint of Helen DeLand’s book The Story of DeLand and Lake Helen. The original version of The Story of DeLand and Lake Helen did not have an index (or even page numbers) so Louise saw to it that these were added along with better photographs to replace the very indistinct ones in the previous edition. Through her efforts, a fresh look was given to the book written by the daughter of the city’s founder.
Congratulations, Louise, on receiving this honor from the West Volusia Historical Society.