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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 2015


Happy Birthday Louis Zamperini
Treats, Treasures & Track Clips

See our Louis Zamperini link on this website.

When: Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: No Cost, Donations appreciated -- seating is limited, no reservations are required.


Tea at Two - a Valentine's Day Tea and Program

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum is hosting Tea at Two - a Valentine's Day Tea and Program at the Museum. The pleasure of your company is requested for this afternoon of tea, delicious delicacies and history!

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

When: Sunday, February 8th, 2015
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum - 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Time: 2:00 PM
Cost: $25 per person -- seating is limited, so reservations are required and will be taken on a first come/first served basis.
Checks (made payable to the "Torrance Historical Society") are to be mailed to:
Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
RSVP: 310.328.5392 - no later than Sunday, February 1st - this has been a sold out event each year and sold out long before the final RSVP date.
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.org
Attire: Tea attire -- hats and gloves, optional Historic hankies and Valentines will be on exhibit.


Names on the Wall Remembrance

What: Names on the Wall Remembrance
When: Memorial Day - Monday, May 25th 2:00 PM & about 3:15 PM (see location)
Location: City of Torrance Veterans' Memorial Wall Torrance Blvd. at Maple at 2:00PM
Torrance Historical Society & Museum at about 3:15PM (after the memorial service above)
Cost: Free and open to the public
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org 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.

Immediately following the memorial service, (reading the names on the wall), please join us at the Museum for a screening of Dennis Kwong's Names on the Wall documentary video, which catalogues the research behind the Names on the Wall project.


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.and lasts approximately 90 minutes.
Tour leaves from the front of the Museum
Wear comfy walking shoes.  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 Blimp

Thirty-seven good Years of Flying

TBA - sometime Spring 2015


Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

Further information to be announced. This event is normally held the first or second Sunday in June.



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 October.

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 general public.