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
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 2019
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
- 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 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
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
- 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
If you would like to show your car, see this
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
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
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
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),
No RSVP and No Charge: Please come, honor our Veterans and learn something
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.
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.
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).
Location to begin Historic Home Tour: Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Ave (at Cravens)
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
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.