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There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated. Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted. Cash and checks are accepted unless otherwise noted.

All events are at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum unless otherwise noted.

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 Museum.

Events in 2016

Torrance Holiday Traditions

Date: Sunday, December 4, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, Donations appreciated.
No Reservations. Seating is limited. First come, first served.

Sleepy Hollow was not the only holiday tradition in Torrance. From the start, the city saw holiday celebrations as a way to bring people together. Explore some of the old traditions that were popular from the roaring 20s, through the Great Depression to the boom of the post war years.

We will learn about Santa's Village on El Prado, the decorating of Old Torrance shops for the season and the community Christmas tree.

Reference Librarian, local historian and former THS Board member Michael George, combs the old records to see how folks celebrated the season "back in the day."

Events in 2017

Meet the Authors - Judith Gerber & Rachel Surls

What: Meet the Author event with Judith Gerber & Rachel Surls.

Judi Gerber is a THS board member, Torrance Library Commissioner, book author, Torrance Community Garden Instructor and more. She is author of Farming in Torrance and the South Bay and her latest book written in conjunction with Rachel Surls is From Cows to Concrete. Rachel Surls is a Sustainable Food Sytems Advisor for University of California Extension, Los Angeles County and Co-Author of From Cows to Concrete.

When: Sunday, January 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum
No RSVP and no charge: Free event. No reservations but seating is limited to first-come / first-served. Fee for book purchase.
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit

Both books will be available for signing and purchase (no debit nor credit cards accepted). Until the 1950's, Los Angeles County was the agricultural center of North America. Today, few Angelenos realize that so much of the land was once home to ranchos, orange groves and celery fields. Rachel Surls and Judith Gerber reconnect us with LA's farm roots in their new book, From Cows to Concrete: The Rise and Fall of Farming in Los Angeles.

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