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
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.
Proposed Slate of THS officers for June 2019-June 2020
|1st VP (Programs)||Janet Payne|
|2nd VP (Membership)||Carolyn Pohlner|
|3rd VP (Fundraising)||Jill Maroney|
|4th VP (Communication Newsletter)||Debbie Hays|
|Financial Secretary||Kurt Weideman|
|Special Events||Keri Gilbert|
|Museum Volunteer Chair||Ann Strong|
|Member at Large||Jerry 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)
"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
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
- Campaign memorabilia
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.,
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
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
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
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
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.org
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