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
Late Night Thursdays
When: Thursday nights, Thursday, August 4th - Thursday, August 25th
The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings in August (open 1:00 -
Treats will be served! Stop by and visit with our special guests (6:00 PM -
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310)
While you're out-and-about, pop in the Museum and explore the Torrance
Historical Society's collection including:
- See a photo of Mrs. Jared Sidney Torrance (Helena), and ... take your own
photo with Jared
- Check out the historic Red Car photos and original ticket on display
- Touch one of the original Torrance cowboy's saddle (yes, Torrance
used to be a farming community -- right down to cows, pigs, minks, turkeys,
strawberries and flowers)
- View the training shorts and sweatshirt Louis Zamperini wore during the 1936
Olympics, the luggage the community bought for him to attend the Olympic
Tryouts in NY, and other "Lucky Louie" treasures
On these Late Night Thursdays, the Museum will be open from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Thursday, August 4th - Celebrating Jared Sidney Torrance's birthday and have a
Par-tay with "Sidney!" Jared Sidney Torrance, our City's founder, was born on
August 3rd, 1853 -- he would have been 163!
So, to celebrate we will be serving birthday treats from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
Come par-tay with us!
Thursday, August 11th - Watch Louis Zamperini's record-setting track film
See the City's Centennial DVD of Louis Zamperini - Triumph of the Torrance
Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track &
"Running in what was celebrated at the best field of high school milers in history, Louie routed them
all and smoked the mile in 4:21:3, shattering the national high school record, set
during World War 1, by more than 2 seconds." -- Laura Hillenbrand (The DVD will be playing from
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time -- it's only about 10 minutes long).
Be the first to view the Zamperini Highway dedication project! That it
is currently in the works to dedicate a portion of the 405 freeway to our Home
Town Hero, Louis Zamperini!
Thursday, August 18th - Mike the Map Man - view decades worth of maps
Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand -- view decades worth of maps from
our Historic Map Archives (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Thursday, August 25th - History of the Hollywood Riviera DVD
View the History of the Hollywood Riviera DVD by Sherwin Rubin (it will be
playing from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time)
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.
Visit With a Veteran
Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our
military -- a celebration to honor America's Veterans for their patriotism,
love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
The Torrance Historical Society invites yoiu, your family, and friends to join
them in honoring our Veterans. Pull-up a chair and visit with a Veteran: World
War II, Korean War, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan
What: Visit with a Veteran
When: Sunday,November 13th, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, (at Cravens),
No RSVP and No Charge: Please come, honor our Veterans and learn something
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: torranchhistoricalsociety.org
"Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of
men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory." -- George S.