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There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated. Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted. 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 2015

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 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. 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.

The Blimp

Thirty-seven good Years of Flying

TBA - sometime Spring 2015

Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

When:Sunday, June 7th, 11:30AM
Where: The Torrance Volunteer Center, which was originally Stone & Meyers Mortuary 1924 - 1984
1230 Cravens, at Engracia
Torrance, 90501

Cost: $25 per person. This includes tour and lunch.
Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society". No credit cards accepted.
Mail to: Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501

RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: Reservations honored on a first come/first-served basis. Payment must be received within 72 hours of reservation in order to hold your spot. This is always a sold-out event.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

Late Night Thursdays

When: Thursday, July 16th - Thursday, August 27th

The Museum will be open until 8:00 PM Thursday evenings (open 1:00 - 8:00PM).

Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit 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 Louie" treasures
  • On these Late Night Thursdays, the Museum will be open from 1:00 PM - 8:00 PM, and treats will be served.

    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.

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