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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
310-328-5392

Free, on-street parking is available on Post and Cravens within steps of the Museum.




Events in 2018


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 Historic Places
  • 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 building
  • 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 friend.


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

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting Tea at Two - a Valentine's Day Tea and Program at Chado Tea Room in downtown Torrance. 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: Saturday, February 11th, 2018
Where: Chado Tea Room - 1303 El Prado, Old Torrance - NOTE: New location for 2018
Time: 2:00 - 400 PM, doors open at 1:45 PM
Cost: $30 per person -- seating is limited, reservations are required and will be taken on a first come/first served basis. See RSVP info below.
Checks made payable to "Torrance Historical Society" are to be mailed to:
Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
RSVP: 310.328.5392 to the Torrance Historical Society. RSVP no later than Friday, February 2nd. Reservations are taken on a first come/first served basis.

Each year, this is a sold-out event and seats are not guaranteed to be available until February 2nd so get your reservations and checks in early.

Checks must be received within 48 hours of making reservation to hold your spot. Checks must be mailed to, or delivered to the Torrance Historical Society - NOT to the Chado Tea Room
Additional Info: 310.328.5392
Attire: Tea attire -- hats and gloves optional
Parking: Free on-street parking is available.

This year your afternoon will include:

  • Sampling ten varieties of Chado's freshly-steeped loose leaf teas
  • Sumptuous tea sandwiches
  • Freshly baked scones with Chado's famous cream
  • Assorted delicious desserts
  • Opportunity to win fabulous gift baskets


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 28th, 2018, 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.


Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

What: Annual Meeting & installation of Officers.
Theme and date to be announced.
When: Usually the first or second Sunday in June
Location and cost to be announced.
Mail checks to: Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
Include the name, email address, and phone number of each person in your group, and mail to Torrance Historical Society, 1345 Post Ave., Torrance, CA 90501.
Checks payable to "Torrance Historical Society"
RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: debbie.simpson@acssoftware.com
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

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