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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
310-328-5392

Free, on-street parking is available on Post and Cravens within steps of the Museum.





Events in 2016


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.


Names on the Wall Remembrance

The Torrance Historical Society will conduct a memorial service for Torrance service personnel who gave their lives in U. S. military actions. The program will include the reading of the 146 Names on the Wall. Those names include war losses from World War I to those in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

What: Names on the Wall Remembrance
When: Memorial Day - Monday, May 30th 2:00 PM (see location)
Location: City of Torrance Veterans' Memorial Wall at Memorial Plaza, Torrance Blvd. at Maple at 2:00PM
Cost: Free and open to the public
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit Torrance Historical & Society and Museum, 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.


Annual Meeting & Installation of Officers

Sunday, in the Park with Frederick" (Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., as portrayed by John Powers*)

As you stroll the streets of Old Torrance, you'll find pockets of green. This is by design.

Pack a picnic, bring a chair and gather with us in the first park of Torrance, as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr, (as portrayed by John Powers), famed Landscape Architect hired by Jared Sidney Torrance to layout our Modern Industrial Garden City, shares his story of incorporating green space and natural beauty into his urban design.

What: Annual Meeting & installation of Officers.
"Sunday in the Park with Frederick"
(Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. as portrayed by John Powers*)
When:Sunday, June 5th, 2016, 11:30am
Where: El Prado Park, (corner of El Prado & Cravens in Old Torrance)
Cost: $5.00 per person. Cash or checks accepted. No credit nor debit cards accepted
Make checks payable to: "Torrance Historical Society".
$5 includes water, lemonade and a Torrance Bakery dessert.
Mail to: Torrance Historical Society 1345 Post Ave. Torrance, CA 90501
RSVP: 310.328.5392 or email Debbie Hays: debbie.simpson@acssoftware.com RSVP by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Info: If you have any questions or would like additional information, please visit www.torrancehistoricalsociety.org or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.
* John Powers is a writer and director known for his "Works in Progress" theater series and his "Ten Years After" history series.


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: $25 per person - Cash or check only; no credit or debit 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.



The Torrance Historical Society Rocks Around the Block in Celebration of the All-America City Award

When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Nominal fee for food and beverage
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
  • Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from 5:30 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 hula hoop, bubble gum blowin', cake walk and pie eating contests - there are prizes!

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 cards are accepted. Exact change is appreciated.

Burgers, chips and a fountain drink will be available for $ TBA until 7:30 p.m. or until sold out. Please arrive early due limited availability.

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 guests.

This FREE 1950s-style family event is hosted in partnership with the City of Torrance and Old Torrance Neighborhood Association. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392 or visit www.TorranceHistoricalSociety.org.


Torrance Rose Float History by Lynn Robinson, VP of Rose Float Association

Torrance Rose Float Association

Date: Sunday, Nov 6, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Fee: Free, Donations appreciated.
No Reservations. Seating is limited. First come, first served.


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