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There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated. Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted except as noted. 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 2019


Mystery of the Ship's Anchor - Finally Solved - Sunday, Feb. 24th

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For over 30 years, South Bay residents have driven past a large ship's anchor in front of a white Greek revival office building located on the corner of Carson St. and Del Amo Circle East - smack dab between the two sides of the Del Amo Fashion Center. Yet few know the history of this 18-foot, 16-ton ship's anchor that has been dry-docked here for over three decades.

People ask: To what ship did it belong?, How did it get there?, What's the history behind it?, Why Torrance?

The Torrance Historical Society has invited Kevin M. Anthoney, maritime and ocean liner historian, writer and shipboard speaker, to unravel the mystery of this landmark, which took him two-and-a-half years of research and investigation. His efforts of discovery have been recognized by the Maritime Historical community, and have been published.

Mr. Anthoney is a southern California native, former South Bay resident, graduate of Palos Verdes High School and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Cal State University, Long Beach.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Ave., Torrance 90501
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: FREE! Donations appreciated.
No RSVP: Open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited to first-come/first-served.
Additional info: Contact the Museum directly at 310.328.5392

Light refreshments will be served.


Premiere Showing of "Musings from Madam Mayor"
A multimedia presentation of Dee Hardison's 30 years of community service with the City of Torrance.

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting the premiere showing of "Musings from Madam Mayor."

Refreshments will include Dee's famous peanut brittle.

Who: Meet Dee's Family
When: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Where: Torrance Historical Society Museum - 1345 Post Avenue
Time: 2:00 - 5:00PM
Cost: Free. Donations accepted

Items on display:

  • Personal items
  • Awards
  • Campaign memorabilia
  • Photos


Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

The Torrance Historical Society will be holding its Annual Meeting and installation of officers in June. This meeting will include a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum. A boxed lunch is included.

What: Annual Meeting & installation of Officers
When: Sunday June 2, 2019, 11:30am
Where: Los Angeles Maritime Museum
600 Sampson Way (Berth 84), San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 548-7618
Cost: $25.00 per person - check or PayPal (see below) See RSVP and Where & How to Purchase
Checks: Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society"
Mail to: Torrance Historical Society 1345 Post Ave. Torrance, CA 90501
RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: debbie.simpson@acssoftware.com Reservations honored on a first come/first-served basis. Please include the number of attendees, your name, a phone number and an email (if available). Payment must be received within 72 hours of reservation in order to hold your spot. This event is always a sold-out event.

Where & How to Purchase: Tickets can be purchased either via Paypal until May 31, 2019 or until event is sold out (see info on how to order via Paypal below) OR they can be purchased via cash or check in person at the Museum, (until event is sold out) or you can mail a check to the museum until event is sold out (first come, first served). The only way to purchase tickets via a credit or debit card is via Paypal. Paypal option is only available until May 31, 2019 or until event is sold out. Credit cards, debit cards and Paypal can not be processed in person at the museum.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

Purchase Tickets with PayPal:

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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 27th 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.


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.


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

When: Thursday, July 18, 2019 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. Personal check must be for amount of purchase only. Sorry no credit/debit cards nor paypal are accepted. Exact change is appreciated and please, no large bills.

Burgers or grilled cheese, 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) 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.


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 10th, 2019
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: 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



Events in 2020

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum Presents
The Original Torrance Fall Tour of Historic Homes

Tour Interiors of historic homes in Old Torrance, the original footprint of the city founded in 1912.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11th, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fee: TBA

Where & How to Purchase: Tickets can be purchased either via Paypal (see info on how to order via Paypal below) OR they can be purchased via cash or check at the Museum on either day of the Home Tour - no advance purchase is necessary. The only way to purchase tickets via a credit or debit card or to purchase in advance is via Paypal. Paypal option is only available until a date to be announced.. Credit cards, debit cards and Paypal can not be processed in person at the museum. PayPal tickets will be available for pick-up at the Museum's ticket desk. If paying cash, exact amount is preferred but we request no large bills. Checks accepted for exact amount only.

Disclaimers: No photos are to be taken inside the homes in addition to no smoking, no eating, no drinking, no spiked heels and 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).

Sponsor: TBA
Location to begin Historic Home Tour: Torrance Historical Society & Museum 1345 Post Ave (at Cravens)
Downtown Torrance
310-328-5392
Refreshments: TBA

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 October from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days and is open to the general public.

Guests will tour the inside of historic homes, and will see how others have renovated, updated and decorated their historic homes to accommodate today's life-style, yet managed to preserve the charming architecture and characteristics of the past. Docents will be inside each home.

Additional elements of the Home Tour include -

  • Special display of Hometown Hero, Louis Zamperini (in Museum)
  • You'll stroll the tree-lined streets of Old Torrance
  • Each home will have a Model A car parked in front of it courtesy of South Bay Touring A's.

Tickets for the Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes may be purchased directly from the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501) either day of the tour via cash or check - no advanced ticket purchase is necessary or you can purchase tickets in advance via Paypal (see guidelines above under How to Purchase). The homes may be viewed in any order, on either day, and all are within walking distance from the Museum. Local restaurants will be offering Home Tour Specials. The self-guided Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum. You may tour the homes in any order you wish. You may tour them all in one day or divide them up and tour some on Saturday and the rest on Sunday. You may walk or drive your car between the homes. There is street parking near all homes. Kindly respect the neighborhood by not intruding on their property nor block any driveways.

Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the Museum - archiving activities, historical discoveries, research projects, special programs, its operation and exhibits.


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