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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

Free, on-street parking is available on Post and Cravens within steps of the Museum.

Events in 2018

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.

Purchase Opportunity Tickets for Gourmet Progressive Dinner Until November 8, 2018

What: Gourmet Progressive Dinner for Six We'll be serving a Farm-to-Table Menu in three Historic Homes -- all within a three-block radius between Engracia Ave. & El Prado Ave in downtown, Historic Old Torrance.

When is the Drawing? Thursday, November 8, 2018. You need not be present to win. You will be contacted if you are the winner.

How much are the opportunity tickets? $10 each or 3 for $25 - Only cash or check (payable to "Torrance Historical Society") Tickets are available for purchase in the Museum until November 8th.

Hours of the Museum: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays - 1:00 - 4:00pm Torrance Historical Society & Museum 1345 Post Ave (at Cravens, across the street from Rudy's and The Flower Shop) Downtown, Historic Torrance 310-328-5392

Dinner Date: Dinner will be served Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Sips & Nips: You'll start with "swanky" appetizers prepared with Torrance Farmers' Market ingredients served fireside in a 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home where former Mayor Eisen once dined. Beer (compliments of the Red Car) and wine provided will be served.

Main Course: Six of you will sit down to a Farm-to-Table dinner in 1936 Spanish Colonial Revival home where Margaret May Massie, Torrance pioneer, civic leader and sponsor of the Torrance Junior Woman's Club used to host bridge games benefiting the Torrance Woman's Club.

Dessert: After dinner, we'll walk two blocks to where you'll enjoy homemade dessert in a 1939 white Spanish Colonial Revival home where Torrance Rotary Anns once held meetings in the very rooms in which you'll be sipping Kona coffee and after-dinner liquors.

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. Pulluup 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 11th, 2018
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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