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 2015
Summer Night Lights
This is an evening walking tour to music as we see historical Old Torrance
sites lit up at night.
This docent-led tour begins at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum, (1345
Post Avenue), and will cover about 12 blocks. Many of the areas are over
When: Saturday, September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 PM - You must be on time, tour will
leave promptly at 7:00 PM!
Location: Meet at Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post
Who: Adults, 21+ years and older only
RSVP: 310.328.5392 - reservations will be received on a
This event has limited space and is for those 21 years-of-age, and older.
Cost: $5.00 donation per person. Cash or check only. Credit cards not
Checks payable to "Torrance Historical Society"
Mail your check to:
Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Please include names of participants
Required: Closed toe and comfortable walking shoes and each person must
provide their own flashlight. A light jacket is suggested for a cool evening.
Special treat provided at conclusion
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.
Walking Tours of Downtown Torrance
No Walking Tour on Sunday, August 30, 2015
See "Summer Night Lights" regarding a new event in September.
Every fourth Sunday of the month, May, June, July, August, September, and October.
Note: Due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the May Walking Tour
will be Sunday, May 31st.
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, July 16th - Thursday, August 27th
The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings
(open 1:00 - 8:00PM). Special Guests will be there 6:00 - 8:00 pm. See guest
Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Free and open to the public - donations accepted.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit
www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org 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
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, July 30th
Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand --- view decades worth of maps from
the Historic Map Archives.
Thursday, August 6th
Spend the evening with our President, Jamie Ruth Watson -- get a private tour
of the Museum and check out high school yearbooks -- the Torrance Historical
Society has the largest collection in the City.
Thursday, August 13th
View the private albums and read the never-before-seen WWII diary of Louis
Thursday, August 20th
See a DVD about Frederick Law Olmsted - the man hired by Jared Sidney Torrance
to layout the City of Torrance - DVD will be shown at 6:00 PM.
Thursday, August 27th
Learn about Irving Gill, renowned Dominguez Land Corp.’s in-house architect,
who designed the Pacific Electric Railway El Prado Bridge and Depot.
Events in 2016
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: $TBA - Cash or check only; no credit 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