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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 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
- 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 19, 2018, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Nominal fee for food
and beverage ($9.50 for combo (Burger or cheese sandwich) with soft drink and
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 largest collection
- Enter the Wham-O, 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
Alex Hattori, world-renowned yo-yo champ, will also be on stage amazing the
crowd with his award winning tricks and will do a live demo for those who want
to learn the skill of yo-yo-ing.
Guests will also have the opportunity to learn hands-on CPR from the Torrance
Fire Dept. to the Bee Gees' tune "Stayin' Alive."
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. 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 $9.50 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 the
and hosted in partnership with the
City of Torrance,
Old Torrance Neighborhood Association,
Downtown Torrance Association (DTA).
If you have any questions or
would like additional information, please call the
Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit
What: 7th Annual Summer Stroll - docent-led walking tour of Old Torrance
Historic Buildings and a taste of what is inside.
You will tour some of the hip restaurants in Old Torrance for a sip & a
and a peek into the past behind the brick and mortar.
When Torrance was founded 100 years ago, business began to build. Downtown
Torrance, which was in the center of the original footprint of the City, soon
became the heartbeat of the town. A century later, many a business has come
and gone through those old buildings - they each have a story to tell.
Not only will you learn the building's history, we'll show you old photos of
the "before", as you stand in the "now." The buildings on tour to be
When: Thursday August 9th, 6:00PM SHARP! - You must be
Location: Meet at Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue, at
Who: Adults, 21 years and older ONLY.
Cost: $35 per person (reservations required, adults only). Space is limited. No refunds.
See info under "RSVP". Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society"
No credit / debit cards nor Paypal accepted.
Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
Buildings on Tour: The buildings on the tour include the Museum, Red
Car Brewery & Restaurant, Tortilla Cantina, Kech Cafe,
Depot, Local Kitchen,
Keegans, Restoration Kitchen & Wine and Torrance Bakery.
RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: email@example.com
Reservations honored on a first come/first-served basis. Payment must be
received within 48 hours of reservation in order to hold your spot. This has
been a sold-out event each year.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.
All money raised will be used to fund programs and projects for the Torrance
Historical Society & Museum.
Original Fall Tour of Historic Homes
Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 13th & 14th
Time: 11:00AM - 4:00PM (Museum opens at 10:30AM)
Fee: $25.00 per person - Cash, check, or Paypal
Where to Purchase: Tickets may ONLY be purchased at the Museum either
day of the tour - no advance purchase is necessary.
Torrance Historical Society & Musuem
1345 Post Ave (at Cravens)
Disclaimers: No photos are to be taken inside the homes, no spike 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)
Fundraiser Benefits:Proceeds from the fundraiser directly benefit the Museum -
archiving activities, historical discoveries, research projects, special
programs, its operation and exhibits.
Become a Home Tour sponsor:
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 13th - 14th, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, both days.
This biennial, self guided event is open to the general public and begins
at the Torrance Historical Society & Museum.
You will tour the inside of a half dozen 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.
The homes on the tour reflect an eclectic mix - which characterize and add to
the charm of Old Torrance -- founded 1912. Each home will have a Model A
car parked in front of it courtesy of South Bay Touring A's.
Additional elements of the Home Tour include ...
You'll stroll the tree-lined streets of Old Torrance
- Special display of Hometown Hero, Louis Zamperini (in Museum)
- Opportunity to win a Progressive Dinner for six in three Historic
Homes - drawing to be held in November 2018 (winner will be
notified) - ticket price TBA - Dinner date will be in early 2019
The homes may viewed in any order, on either day as a one-time
entry into each home and all are within walking distance from the
Museum. Local restaurants will be offering Home Tour Specials.
To order Home Tour Tickets with Paypal:
Halloween Scare Down in Downtown Torrance
Hosted by Downtown Torrance Association and other downtown Torrance
Association Businesses including the Torrance Historical Society & Museum
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: 1225 El Prado, at Sartori, downtown Torrance
What: Kid friendly Halloween event for the whole family - Adults and
Questions: call the downtown Torrance Business Association at (310) 320 -
5452 or check their website downtowntorrance.net
or call the Torrance Historical Society & Museum (310) 328-5392
Join us in downtown Torrance for a fun Halloween event - the Scare Down In
Downtown! Halloween activities for all ages starting at 6 PM. Family friendly
events include a TRUNK OR TREAT on El Prado from 6 to 8 with light show &
music by DJ OZZIE! Stroll down the decorated streets of historic Downtown
Torrance and see which business gets YOUR vote for best decorations. Most
stores will be open late with candy for trick or treaters and scary good
sales! Selfie themed photo fun in Kennedy Park.
Additional info to come closer to the event - Stay tuned.
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),
No RSVP and No Charge: Please come, honor our Veterans and learn something
Info: 310.328.5392 or visit: torranchhistoricalsociety.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