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 2014
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
- 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, July 17th - Thursday, August 27th
The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings
(open 1:00 - 8:00PM).
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. You're also invited to stop by and visit with our
special guests (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM).
Thursday, August 7th
Peruse the pages of the Historical Survey taken of the all the structures in
Old Torrance -- the original footprint of the City. The area is comprised of
109 city blocks with residential, commercial and industrial sub-districts
totaling nearly 2000 structures! Over 100 community volunteers worked on this
Thursday, August 14
See the City's Centennial DVD of Lois Zamperini - Triumph of the Torrance
Tornado, and the clip of when Louis won the 1934 Southern California Track &
Field Championship. "Running in what was celebrated at the best field of
high school milers in history, Louie routed them all and smoked the mile in
4:21:3, shattering the national high school record, set during World War 1,
by more than 2 seconds." -- Laura Hillenbrand (The DVD will be playing from
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time -- it's only about 10 minutes long)
Also, chat with Chuck Lobb, author of Torrance Airport. Chuck will discuss
the research and discoveries that led to his book on one of Torrance's most
famous landmarks, Torrance Municipal Airport at Zamperini Field, and he'll
tell you about the planes used in the flyovers at last week's Celebration of
Life event for Louis Zamperini.
Thursday, August 21st
Mike the Map Man is back by popular demand -- view decades worth of maps
from our Historic Map Archives -- he'll be highlighting the maps of the Oil
Fields (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Thursday, August 28th
View the History of the Hollywood Riviera DVD by Sherwin Rubin (it will be
playing from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM - pop in any time).
The Torrance Historical Society & Museum presents The Original Torrance Fall
Tour of Historic Homes
Saturday & Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.
'Twas the Night Before Christmas Reading
When: Sunday, December 14th - 4:00 PM
Location:Torrance Historical Society Museum, 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Cost: Free . Donations accepted