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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 2017


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.


Meet the Authors & Book Signing

96 years young - WWII Veterans Mel and Muriel Engleman share their story.

Behind the Front Lines

Mel served as a Marine in the Pacific Theatre while Muriel served as an Army nurse behind the front lines at the Battle of the Bulge.

A 1st Lieutenant, ANC, Muriel was a staff member of the 16th General Hospital, Liege, Belgium, 1944 to 1945, and was awarded the European Theatre Medal with three Battle Stars and the Belgian Fourragere. The 16th General Hospital was under experiment by the U.S. War Department to place a general hospital with a triage system in tents as close to the fighting lines as possible. The hospital was ravaged by buzz bombs, each carrying 2000 pounds of explosives, which fell every 12-15 minutes, 24 hours a day, for 2 1/2 months, destroying hospital tents and inflicting heavy casualties. On Christmas Eve, Germans strafed and bombed the hospital, killing and wounding scores of patients and staff. The enemy had surrounded Bastogne. As they approached Li├Ęge, nurses were told to be ready to move out within minutes and expect capture by the Germans. Muriel wore dog tags with an H for Hebrew.

What: Meet the Author and book signing event with Mel and Muriel Engleman.
When: Sunday, May 21, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
No RSVP and No Charge: Free event. No reservations but seating is limited to first-come / first-served. $20 charge for book.
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit torrancehistoricalsociety.org.
The book, Mission Accomplished: Stop The Clock, by Muriel Engleman will be available for signing and purchase. $20 fee for book, event is free. Check & cash accepted, no credit or debit cards and Paypal not accepted. Please no $50 nor $100 bills.


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 29th 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

Guided Bus Tour of Louis Zamperini's Old Haunts

Celebrating 100 Years

2017 marks the year Torrance's Hometown Hero, Louis Zamperini, would have turned 100. In celebration of his Centennial year, the Torrance Historical Society will be hosting Zamperini-themed events, including a Guided Bus Tour of his Old Haunts.

Have you ever wondered this about Louis Zamperini . . .

  • Where did he used to hang out in his youth?
  • At what age did he start smoking and drinking?
  • Who was his idol?
  • How did he get even with the girls who teased him at school?
  • What were some of his nick names?
  • At what age did he turn his life around and become a championship runner?
  • What piece of advice did his brother give him in the final lap of a mile race which he drew upon to keep going -- even when he was in pain and exhausted -- and still uses today?

The answers to these questions, and many more, will be shared with those who are fortunate enough to grab a seat on the guided bus tour of Louis' old stompin' grounds on Sunday, June 4th.

In addition, we'll cruise along the two-mile stretch of the 405 Fwy., between Redondo Beach Blvd. and Western Ave., which will soon be dedicated the Zamperini Memorial Highway. The new signage will be installed the day prior to the Bus Tour.

One lucky winner will go home with a copy of Louis Zamperini's book, "Don't Give Up, Don't Give In" (completed two days before his death) signed by his son Luke Zamperini.

What: Annual Meeting & installation of Officers.
Guided Bus Tour - Zamperini's Old Haunts given by Torrance Historians Debbie Hays & Janet Payne
When: Sunday, June 4th
Time: 9:30AM - Check-in
9:45AM - Installation of new Torrance Historical Society Officers
10:00AM - Tour begins (leaves from Museum - 1345 Post AVe.)
Where: Tour starts and ends at the Torrance Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Ave. (at Cravens)
Cost: THS Members - $20.00 per person / Non-Members - $25.00 per person
No credit card, debit cards, no Paypal accepted. Either mail in a check or bring cash or check when the Museum is open. Exact change appreciated. please no $50 or $100 bills.
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.
Note: Seating for this event is limited, so mail your check now to reserve your spot.
Attire: Dress casual, walking shoes recommended, as we will get on-and-off the bus several times, and some walking is involved.


Downtown Torrance Art Walk

What: Outstanding local artists from the South Bay will be showcased in over a dozen venues including the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.
When: Saturday, June 24th - 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Starts at APC Fine Arts Gallery - 1621 Cabrillo Ave., Old Torrance
Cost: Free


The Torrance Historical Society Rocks Around the Block in Celebration of the All-America City Award

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 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 - by DJ Ozzie
  • Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from 5:00 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!
  • View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of Cruisin' 50s Car Club, Touring A's and local car owners

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) and dance to the Liz Holmes Retro Swing Band. 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 sponsored by TBA and hosted in partnership with the City of Torrance, Old Torrance Neighborhood Association, CitiCABLE 3, and Torrance Bakery. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.org.


Summer Stroll

Date to Be Announced

What: 6th Annual Summer Stroll - docent-led walking tour of Old Torrance Historic Buildings and a taste of what is inside.

You will tour some of the hip restaurants in Old Torrance for a sip & a snack, and a peek into the past behind the brick and mortar.

When Torrance was founded 100 years ago, business began to build. Downtown Torrance, which was in the center of the original footprint of the City, soon became the heartbeat of the town. A century later, many a business has come and gone through those old buildings - they each have a story to tell.

Not only will you learn the building's history, we'll show you old photos of the "before", as you stand in the "now."

When: TBD, 6:00PM SHARP! - You must be on time!
Location: Meet at Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue.
Who: Adults, 21 years and older only
RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: debbie.simpson@acssoftware.com Reservations honored on a first come/first-served basis. Payment must be received within 48 hours of reservation in order to hold your spot. This was a sold-out event last year.
Cost: $35.00 per person - Reservations required. Space is limited. Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society" No credit or debit cards, no Paypal accepted. Mail checks to and please include names, phone numbers and email of participants:

Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501

Buildings on Tour: To be announced
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.


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 you, 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 12th, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, (at Cravens), Old Torrance
No RSVP and No Charge: Please come, honor our Veterans and learn something new!
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.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. Patton


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