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Events in 2019

Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

The Torrance Historical Society will be holding its Annual Meeting and installation of officers in June. This meeting will include a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. A boxed lunch is included.

Jared Sidney Torrance envisioned a canal from Torrance to the Port of Los Angeles as a benefit for local businesses to transport goods from our city to the harbor.Did you know that the Museums 1941 building is on the National Register of Historic Places and that much of its original design has been preserved Youll get a private behind-the-seanes architectural tour with Director Marifrances Trivelli and discover this treasure in the Port of Los Angeles. You will also get a first-hand look at artifacts that are not on display to the public.

After the tour, you are invited to visit the exhibits at your own pace. Don't miss the featured exhibit "Taminaru: A Day In the Life of a Japanese American Fishing Village."

What: Annual Meeting & installation of Officers
When: Sunday June 2, 2019
11:00 AM-11:30 AM Coffee & donuts
11:30 AM Program begins plus Lunch & Tour
Where: Los Angeles Maritime Museum
600 Sampson Way (Berth 84), San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7618
The Museum's website has detailed directions and parking information
Shop: On this day, Torrance Historical Society Members will receive 10% off their purchases in the Museum gift shop.
Attire: Casual, comfortable clothing and walking shoes
Cost: $25.00 per person - check or PayPal (see below) See RSVP and Where & How to Purchase
Includes admission to the Museum, Red Car Boxed Lunch & Program
Checks: Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society"
Mail to: Torrance Historical Society 1345 Post Ave. Torrance, CA 90501
RSVP: By Friday, May 24th or until the event is sold out. Call 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: Reservations honored on a first come/first-served basis. Please include the number of attendees, your name, a phone number and an email (if available), and the names of all attendees. Payment must be received within 72 hours of reservation in order to hold your spot. This event is always a sold-out event.

Where & How to Purchase: Tickets can be purchased either via Paypal until Friday, May 24, 2019 or until event is sold out (see info on how to order via Paypal below) OR they can be purchased via cash or check in person at the Museum, (until event is sold out) or you can mail a check to the museum until event is sold out (first come, first served). The only way to purchase tickets via a credit or debit card is via Paypal. Paypal option is only available until May 24, 2019 or until event is sold out. Credit cards, debit cards and Paypal can not be processed in person at the museum.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

Proposed Slate of THS officers for June 2019-June 2020

PresidentMichelle Polcari
1st VP (Programs)Janet Payne
2nd VP (Membership)Carolyn Pohlner
3rd VP (Fundraising)Jill Maroney
4th VP (Communication Newsletter)Debbie Hays
SecretaryJudi Gerber
TreasurerGene Higginbotham
Financial SecretaryKurt Weideman
HistorianJoann Miyamoto
Special EventsKeri Gilbert
Museum Volunteer ChairAnn Strong
Member at LargeJerry Ronan
Parliamentarian(By appointment)

Names on the Wall Remembrance

The Torrance Historical Society will conduct a memorial service for Torrance service personnel who gave their lives in U. S. military actions. The program will include the reading of the 146 Names on the Wall. Those names include war losses from World War I to those in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

What: Names on the Wall Remembrance
When: Memorial Day - Monday, May 27th 2:00 PM (see location)
Location: City of Torrance Veterans' Memorial Wall at Memorial Plaza, Torrance Blvd. at Maple at 2:00PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit Torrance Historical & Society and Museum, or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

"On Monday, we will be grateful for the gift of those who never came home. We will remember -- every day is Memorial Day. We will pray that we may never add another name to that cold, black wall," noted Jerry Ronan, Torrance Historical Society Board Member and WWII Veteran.

1st Annual Game Night at the Museum

Got game? We do! How do you Scrabble? Any good at Monopoly? Do you have a Poker face? Quick at Quiddler? Join the Torrance Historical Society for their first annual FUN & GAMES FUNdraiser -- games and snacks provided. And . . . all who attend will be entered into a drawing for an opportunity to win a gift certificate from Red Car Brewery, Tortilla Cantina or Torrance Bakery.

What: 1st Annual Game Night - FUNdraiser - games and snacks provided
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: 1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance (The Torrance Historical Society & Museum)
Cost: $5.00 per person
Who: Adults only (18+)
NOTES: Limited Seating. Get there early to obtain a spot! You are welcome to bring your own board games, but games will be provided.
Opportunity Drawing - All who attend will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate from Red Car Brewery, Tortilla Cantina or Torrance Bakery.

Premiere Showing of "Musings from Madam Mayor"
A multimedia presentation of Dee Hardison's 30 years of community service with the City of Torrance.

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting the premiere showing of "Musings from Madam Mayor." In celebration of Women's History Month, we will highlight 30 years of Dee Hardison's community service for the City of Torrance with a program entitled, Musings from Madam Mayor. As only the second woman to ever serve as Mayor of Torrance, Dee has quite a story to tell. And . . . who best to tell that story than her two sons, Brad and Mark, and husband, Lowell. A video of our Mayor emeritus' life will be running continuously throughout the day during this Open House-style event.

Refreshments will include Dee's famous peanut brittle.

Who: Meet Dee's Family
When: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Where: Torrance Historical Society Museum - 1345 Post Avenue
Time: 2:00 - 5:00PM
Cost: Free. Donations accepted

Items on display:

  • Personal items
  • Awards
  • Campaign memorabilia
  • Photos

Mystery of the Ship's Anchor - Finally Solved - Sunday, Feb. 24th

For over 30 years, South Bay residents have driven past a large ship's anchor in front of a white Greek revival office building located on the corner of Carson St. and Del Amo Circle East - smack dab between the two sides of the Del Amo Fashion Center. Yet few know the history of this 18-foot, 16-ton ship's anchor that has been dry-docked here for over three decades.

People ask: To what ship did it belong?, How did it get there?, What's the history behind it?, Why Torrance?

The Torrance Historical Society has invited Kevin M. Anthoney, maritime and ocean liner historian, writer and shipboard speaker, to unravel the mystery of this landmark, which took him two-and-a-half years of research and investigation. His efforts of discovery have been recognized by the Maritime Historical community, and have been published.

Mr. Anthoney is a southern California native, former South Bay resident, graduate of Palos Verdes High School and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Cal State University, Long Beach.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Ave., Torrance 90501
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE! Donations appreciated.
No RSVP: Open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited to first-come/first-served.
Additional info: Contact the Museum directly at 310.328.5392

Light refreshments will be served.

Tea at Two -- a Valentine's Day Tea and Program

Tea at Two 2019 is sold out - There is no waitlist

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting Tea at Two - a Valentine's Day Tea and Program at the Museum. The pleasure of your company is requested for this afternoon of tea, delicious delicacies and history!

Proceeds from this fund-raiser directly benefit the Museum - archiving activities, historical discoveries, research projects, special programs, its operation and exhibits.

When: Sunday, February 10th, 2019
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, at Cravens in Old Torrance
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: Cost is $30 per person -- seating is limited, so reservations are required and will be taken on a first come/first served basis. See RSVP below.
Checks (made payable to the "Torrance Historical Society") are to be mailed to:
Torrance Historical Society 1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
Please include first and last names of guests plus a phone number and an email (if available) along with your check. Checks are accepted until event is sold out.
RSVP: 310.328.5392 - Check must be received within 48 hours of making the reservation. This has been a sold out event each year and sells out very quickly.
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit:
Attire: Tea attire suggested -- hats and gloves optional
Parking: Free on-street parking is available

The day will include:

  • Hats on Parade Fashion Show hosted by Retro Reload
  • Each table will feature a teapot from the private collection of our past President, Jamie Ruth Watson
  • Vintage Boutique by Retro Reload
  • Opportunity to win fabulous gift baskets

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