There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated.
Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted. Cash and checks are accepted unless
All events are at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum unless
Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Avenue (at Cravens)
Torrance, CA 90501
Free, on-street parking is available on Post
and Cravens within steps of the
Events in 2016
Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance
Every fourth Sunday of the month, May, June, July, August, September, and October.
Tour leaves promptly at 1:30 p.m. from the steps of the Museum
and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour covers about eight blocks.
Free - donations accepted.
The docent led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345
Post Avenue) at 1:30 PM, and will point out many of the historic sites and
landmarks of Old Torrance. Guests will also learn about:
- What's in the Torrance Memorial Time capsule (located in the Museum)
- What three Torrance properties are on the National Register of
- Where the new Centennial Time Capsule Plaza is placed
- The original street names of "Torrance Boulevard" and "Post Avenue"
- What famous artist was commissioned to paint a mural on
the side of the Employment Development Department
- About the explosion that helped start Torrance
- Why the first homes built for the executives were rented, not sold
- What building was originally intended for the site where
Torrance High School now stands
- How Torrance broke away from the Los Angeles Unified School District
- Why Torrance does not have a cemetery
The tour is an easy, but brisk walk covering eight blocks - the walk is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. It's
open to the public, requires no reservations, and is
hosted on the fourth Sunday of every month,
May - October. Comfortable walking shoes are
recommended. You're invited to bring your camera, and a
The Torrance Historical Society Rocks Around the Block in Celebration of the
All-America City Award
When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Nominal fee for
food and beverage
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.
This is a fund raiser for the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.
The Torrance Historical Society and our sponsors will host this 1950s-style
family summer event in celebration of Torrance's All-America City Award --
one of America's original and most prestigious community recognition awards.
The City received this award for "Growth without strain" back in the 1956
when Albert Isen was Mayor of Torrance. This free event is open to the public
and will be held in front of the Museum (1345 Post Avenue). Post Avenue will
be blocked off from Cravens to Sartori, so guests can:
- Bop to 50s music
- Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, AMT TBA for food & beverages; see below)
- See special exhibits featuring the original congratulatory
telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All-America
City button & logo
- Check-out high school yearbooks -- the Torrance Historical
Society has the largest collection
- Enter the hula hoop, bubble gum blowin', cake walk and
pie eating contests - there are prizes!
Tickets for the IN-N-OUT burger wagon can be purchased at
the "burger desk" on the Museum lawn during the event.
Cash or personal check, made payable to the Torrance
Historical Society will be accepted. Sorry no credit
cards are accepted. Exact change is appreciated.
Burgers, chips and a fountain drink will be available for
$ TBA until 7:30 p.m. or until sold out. Please arrive
early due limited availability.
The Bartlett Senior (over 50) Center will also be hosting
an Open House this same night -- you can dine on their
patio and listen to The South Bay Strummers (ukulele
group)! The Torrance Woman's Club will also have their
1950s Club scrapbook available for viewing. Also, the
Torrelles -- a group of City employees who sing 50s and
60s songs in a cappella, will entertain guests.
This FREE 1950s-style family event is hosted in
partnership with the City of Torrance and Old Torrance
Neighborhood Association. If you have any questions or
would like additional information, please call the Museum
at (310) 328-5392 or visit
The Torrance Historical Society & Museum Presents The
Original Torrance Fall Tour of Historic Homes
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 8-9, 2016
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 per person - Cash or check only; no credit or debit cards.
Where to Purchase: Tickets may be purchased at the Museum
either day of the tour - no advance purchase is necessary.
Disclaimers: No photos are to be taken inside the homes,
no spiked heels, no baby strollers. Home Tour is recommended for
those 18 years of age, and older. Tickets provide a one-time entry
into the homes, (no re-admittance)
The primary fund-raiser and signature event for the Torrance
Historical Society & Museum is its biennial Tour of Historic
Homes - a long standing tradition in the City of Torrance since
1980. This event is held on even years the second weekend in
The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting the Original
Fall Tour of Historic Homes in Old Torrance (the original footprint
of the City) Saturday and Sunday, October 8th - 9th, 2016, from
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days. This biennial event is open to the
Torrance Rose Float History by Lynn Robinson,
VP of Rose Float Association
Torrance Rose Float
Date: Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, Donations appreciated.
No Reservations. Seating is limited. First come, first served.