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2007 Events

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free - donations accepted
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Avenue
Torrance, CA 90501

Children of all ages and adults who are young at heart, are invited to the Torrance Historical Society & Museum for a reading of the holiday classic 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Councilman Paul Nowatka will cozy down in an antique wingback chair and delight listeners with this magical tale. And . . . there will be a surprise visit by Santa, too!

Each guest will leave with a treat, and one lucky winner will go home with a copy of the book - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas! This event is free, open to the public, and requires no reservations, so bring a friend -- or two! If you have any questions, we're just a phone call away at (310) 328-5392.

Rock Around the Block

Thursday, July 19, 2007
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - IN-N-OUT Burger wagon available.  Burger wagon will close earlier if food is sold out

Free event - donations accepted

Fee $6.25 for cheeseburger/burger, chips and soda or for cheese sandwich, chips and soda
Food coupon must be presented to the IN-N-OUT burger wagon and can be purchased at the "burger desk" in front of the Museum at the event.  Burgers and cheese sandwiches will be made and sold until either sell out or 7:00 p.m.  Please arrive early due limited availability. 

Torrance Historical Society & Museum in conjunction with the Old Torrance Neighborhood Association will celebrate Torrance's All America City award of the 1950's for the third time.

View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of the Cruisin' 50's Car Club. Dance in the street to 50's music, and munch burgers or cheese sandwiches from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon. View museum exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All America City button and logo. And check out the Torrance High School yearbooks and other special exhibits. Sign up to participate in the special Hula Hoop, bubble gum blowing and pie eating contests and watch and listen to the "USO style" entertainment.

Annual Meeting and Board Installation

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fire Station No. 1
Our guest speaker will be Chief DeYoung, Retired TFD Fire Chief.
Chili Lunch
$20 Donation
THS Members only

Members must RSVP along with their payment and it must be received at the Museum by Tuesday, May 22nd.
Credit cards and debit cards are not accepted.
Reservations will only be accepted after invitations are mailed.

Seating is limited; call as soon as you receive your invitation for reservations.

Note: There are a number of stairs and no elevators at the fire station.

Citizen Tanouye

A documentary film by Robert Horsting & Craig Yahata followed by a panel discussion
Saturday, May 12, 2007
2:00 p.m.
Free admission
Katy Geissert Civic Center Library
Community Meeting Room
3301 Torrance Blvd.
Call (310) 618-5959 - Reference Department

In 2004, when the Ted Tanouye Memorial was dedicated in Torrance on the 60th anniversary of Ted's heroic action on Hill 140, eight ethnically diverse high school students began to research his story and that of his family incarcerated in Jerome, Arkansas.  What starts as a quest for the history of their local (and national) hero of the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, quickly develops into a universal story about how a people's struggle for acceptance as Americans and one man's action 60 years earlier can profoundly affect the lives of today's youth.

This free event for adults and teens is sponsored by the Ted Tanouye Memorial Foundation, Go For Broke National Education Center, Torrance Historical Society & Museum, and Torrance Public Library, and is presented in conjunction with the Torrance Cultural Services Division's "Works in Progress" series.

"All Gussied Up!"

Celebrating Women's History Month
Join us for a book signing and presentation on the History of Burlesque Queens

Discretion advised - Adults only!

Sunday, March 24, 2007
Book Signing - 2:00 p.m.
Presentation/Film - 3:00 p.m.
$ 5.00 donation
Book purchase is additional
Refreshments courtesy of COSTCO - Torrance

The Torrance Historical Society celebrates Women's History Month by honoring the memory of Gussie Kriss - one of the most successful designers of burlesque costumes, and long-time Torrance resident.

Liz Goldwyn, documentary filmmaker and author of "Pretty Things - The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens" will sign her book, and take you back to a time when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was an art form.

Book signing will be followed by a unique presentation including the screening of "Pretty Things" - her HBO documentary on American Burlesque Queens that was eight years in the making.

Note: Signed copies of this book are available for sale at Borders Book Store, 3700 Torrance Bl, just east of Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance while supplies last.

Louis Zamperini and Torrance High School Celebrates 90 Years of Life & Education

Saturday, January 27, 2007
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Torrance High School
2200 W Carson St. in Torrance

Born on January 26, 1917, Louis Zamperini championed his way into becoming a hometown hero, and put Torrance on the map.

Louis Zamperini's Mission
"To inspire and help people by leading a life of good example, quiet strength, and perpetual influence."

Built in 1917, Torrance High School opened its doors on September 11, and has provided many generations with the gift of education.

Torrance High School Motto
"Enter to learn ... Go forth to serve."

The schedule of events included guided tours of the campus, flyover by Torrance Air Classics, Torrance High School Jazz Band Concert, presentations to Louis in the WPA Auditorium and a reception in the Main Library.  Pat Couter, Raytheon Vice President and voice of the Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade was Emcee.

This event was made possible by the "90th Birthday Committee" which consisted of the Torrance Historical Society & Museum, Torrance High School, Torrance High School Alumni Association, City of Torrance, Pete Zamperini and Save Historic Old Torrance.

The History of the Early Hollywood Riviera

Meet the author and book signing
Saturday, January 21, 2007
2:00 p.m.
Free - donations accepted
Additional charge for book - author will sign and personalize book this day only
No reservations required
Refreshments compliments of COSTCO - Torrance

Marshall Stewart shared history, photos and Hollywood Riviera Beach Club memorabilia and signed his book "History of the Early Hollywood Riviera".

Signed, non personalized copies of this book will be available for sale at the Museum while supplies last.

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