There is no charge for events unless otherwise noted. Donations appreciated.
Credit cards and Paypal are not accepted. 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 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
Maple at 2:00PM
Torrance Historical Society & Museum at about 3:15PM (after
Cost: Free and open to the public
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional
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
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
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
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
Cost: $25 per person. This includes tour and lunch.
Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society". No credit cards
Mail to: Torrance Historical Society
1345 Post Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please
visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310)
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).
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.
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
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