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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 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.

Late Night Thursdays

Woo-hoo! It's summer, so it's time to stay open late! The Torrance Historical Society would LOVE it if you'd join us for Late Night Thursdays for the rest of this month at the Museum (1345 Post Ave., Old Torrance). By extending the Museum hours until 8:00 PM, we'll be adding to the buzz of Old Torrance!

When: Thursday nights, Thursday, August 17th - Thursday, August 31st The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings (open 1:00 - 8:00PM). treats served from 5:00 - 8:00pm and Special Guests will be there 6:00 - 8:00 pm. See guest list below.

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 or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392. 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, and treats will be served.

    Special Guest list - Guests will be at the Museum from 6:00 - 8:00 PM:

    Thursday, August 17th
    Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand --- view decades worth of maps from the Historic Map Archives.

    Thursday, August 24th
    View Torrance Rose Float Parade entries photos from over the decades, and preview the 2018 Torrance Rose Float design.

    Thursday, August 31st
    See the City's Centennial DVD of Lois Zamperini - Triumph of the Torrance Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track & Field Championship. "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 I, 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 14 minutes long). We'll also have information regarding Torrance High School's Centennial.

    While you're downtown for these events, make a day of it, and dine at one of our local restaurants ...

    • Red Car Brewery & Restaurant - 1266 Sartori Ave. -
    • Tortilla Cantina - 1225 El Prado Avenue (Corner of Sartori Ave.) -
    • Kech Cafe - 1231 Cabrillo Ave., #103 - 424.376.5000 -
    • Depot - 1250 Cabrillo Ave. -
    • Local Kitchen - 1321 Sartori Ave. - 424.337.1321 or
    • Chado Tea Room - 1303 El Prado Ave., Old Torrance -
    • La Capilla - 1332 Sartori Ave. - 310.533.1048
    • Lucio's - 1605 Cabrillo Ave. - 310.328.9810
    • By Brazil - 1615 Cabrillo Ave. -
    • Restoration Kitchen & Wine - 1437 Marcelina Ave. -
    • Keegan's Pub & Grill - 1434 Marcelina Ave. - 310.328.3750
    • Crest Restaurant & Bar - 1625 Cabrillo Ave. - 310.320.9347
    • Irifune Japanese Restaurant - 1231 Cabrillo Ave., #107 - 310.782.7330
    • Eat at Rudy's - 1340 Post Ave. (open 6:00 AM - 2:30 PM) - 310.533.0752
    • Old Torrance Coffee & Tea - 1413 Marcelina Avenue -
    • Angara Indian Restaurant - 2170 Torrance Blvd, Torrance 90501 -
    • Fosters Freeze - 1624 Cravens Ave. - 310.328.1375
    • Torrance Bakery - 1341 El Prado Ave. -

    History! History! Read all about it!
    Torrance High School
    1917 - 2017

    Torrance High School opened in war-time on September 11, 1917. The new school initially served all school-age children in one building - 19 high school students, and grades one to eight. By 1923, the elementary students had their own school, and Torrance High stood as the only high school until the 1950s. Today, it remains the oldest school still in continuous use in the City of Torrance - and does it have a history to share!

    Author, Loralee Spradlin, a Torrance Tartar herself (1993), captures this 100-year history in a 128-page Arcadia Publishing book entitled Torrance High School. Many of the images used are from the collection of the Torrance Historical Society and the Torrance High School Alumni Association, as well, from individual Torrance High alumni.

    Back in the day, the City of Torrance was developing a reputation as an industrial powerhouse. As the population of the city grew, so did the campus of Torrance High. The rich history of Torrance High School is filled with academic and athletic successes, as well as storied alumni like Louis Zamperini and Ted Tanouye, who served the United States during World War II. In the 1990s, the highly recognizable Main Building was the set for several television shows, including Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer , and movies, such as She's All That and Not Another Teen Movie.

    Torrance High School ($21.99) will be available for purchase on August 28, 2017.

    Books will be for sale:

    • Torrance High School Student Activities Office (2200 W. Carson St., Torrance 90501)
      August 28th - August 31st, and September 6th, from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      Starting September 7th, the office is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    • "Tartar Family" Reunion (Torrance High campus - 2200 W. Carson St., Torrance 90501)
      Saturday, September 9th, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
      Note: The author will be on campus that day to sign your book
    • Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Ave., Torrance 90501)
      Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      This book is being published in celebration of Torrance High School's 100th birthday. For details regarding associated Centennial events, visit:

      Get your copy hot off the press!

      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:

      "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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