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Events in 2012

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2012
Time: 4:00 p.m. Please come on time. Event lasts less than one hour.
Cost: Free - donations accepted
Questions: Call (310) 328-5392

No Reservations Required

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.

Former Torrance City Councilman Paul Nowatka will cozy down in an antique wingback chair and delight listeners with this magical tale.

There will be a surprise visit by Santa.

Each guest will leave with a treat, compliments of COSTCO, and one lucky winner will go home with a copy of the book - 'Twas the Night before Christmas! Guests also have an opportunity to win a teddy bear.

This event is free, open to the public, and requires no reservations, so bring a friend -- or two!

Torrance to the Titanic - All Things Epic in 1912

1912 was an epic year -- a Republic is formed, Torrance is founded, and the Titanic foundered. On Sunday, November 4th, the Torrance Historical Society invites you to join them at the Museum to learn about all things, titanic and not, in the world of 1912. Our guest speaker is Jamie Ruth Watson -- Librarian & Historian. You're NOT going to want to miss this presentation!

Here are the details:

When: Sunday, November 4th
Where: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Time: 2:00 PM - seating is limited and is available on a first-come/first-served basis
Cost: The event is free and open to the public, so invite a friend, or three!
Info: 310.328.5392 or

Light refreshments will be served.

Official Website of the Torrance Centennial

See for information about the City of Torrance, as well as the latest news, upcoming events, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities for the Torrance Centennial celebration which commences in November, 2011 with events and activities every month culminating in October 2012. In celebrating, we are "looking back and moving forward."

Looking back to our rich history of 100 years helps us appreciate where we are now, the growth we have experienced, and guides us in moving forward for the next 100 years. Every member of the community has been part of shaping our rich history. So we invite each one to contribute to the celebration by recalling, remembering, and sharing...

Torrance Centennial items for sale at the Torrance Historical Society Museum are listed below. Cash or check only. Credit cards not accepted.

  • T-shirts - $10 -- SOLD OUT
  • Flex Caps - $15
  • Commemorative (magnet-back) Lapel Pins - $5
  • Writing Pens - $2 -- SOLD OUT
  • Tote Bags - $3, or 2 for $5
  • Full color, oversized 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" postcards. Each show one of five scenes of aerial photograph of City's Centennial light event. Each postcard is $1.00
  • Full color regular sized postcards 4" x6" packaged in a set of five of City's Centennial light event. Each package is $2.00.

The Torrance Historical Society & Museum presents The Original Torrance Fall Tour of Historic Homes in Old Torrance

Saturday & Sunday, October 13-14, 2012
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
No reservations required
Tickets: $20

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 tour includes -

  • Tour the interiors of a half dozen private historic homes
  • Sit in the backyard of the Post Mansion and peek into the past of the Post Family through the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society's research DVD regarding one of the earliest families to settle in Torrance
  • View antique automobiles
  • Wander through the Torrance Artists Guild's Views of Torrance Exhibit & Sale
  • Enjoy complimentary Costco lemonade and Torrance Bakery cookies at the Torrance Woman's Club

This event is only hosted every two years. We hope you join us, so we can celebrate the City's Centennial, together!

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

(held the third Thursday in July)

When: Thursday, July 19, 2012 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.

Here is the flyer for this event.

The Torrance Historical Society and our 2012 sponsors will host the sixth annual 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:

  • View vintage cars on display along Post Avenue, courtesy of Cruisin' 50s
  • Car Club, local car owners - special appearance by the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile
  • Bop to 50s music
  • Munch on burgers from the IN-N-OUT burger wagon (burgers served from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, nominal fee for food & beverages; see below)
  • See special exhibits featuring the original congratulatory telegram from President Eisenhower, along with the All-America City button & logo
  • Slurp milk shakes made with vintage machines by real "soda jerks" (nominal fee applies)
  • 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!

There is a nominal fee for cheeseburger/burger, chips and soda from IN-N-OUT. Ice cream shakes, and cones are available by King Kone.

Tickets for either a milk shake or items from 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 and cheese sandwiches will be available until 7:00 p.m. or until sold out. Milk shakes will be made 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 Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center, City of Torrance, Torrance Bakery, COSTCO, 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


Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th, 2012, at 3:00 PM, 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 take place on the Memorial Plaza at the corner of Torrance Boulevard and Maple Avenue, and 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 War.

With the help of a handful of volunteers, the Torrance Historical Society is continuing to gather and preserve the too-short life story of each of the 146 Torrance military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country. To date, the organization is almost halfway to their goal of putting a face on each name.

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.

The Memorial Service is free, and open to the public. Each person in attendance will receive a small American flag.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please call the Museum at 310.328.5392 or visit

Annual Meeting and Board Installation

Sunday, June 3rd

By invitation only.

Torrance Fire Dept. -- Celebrating 100 Years
Presentation & Book Signing

The City of Torrance is not the only one extolling a Centennial this year. Sharing the City's 100 birthday, is also the Torrance Fire Dept. (TFD) - celebrating a century of community service. The TFD started as a volunteer organization during the very first meeting of the town's leadership in 1912.

To commemorate the historic occasion, all uniformed members of the department are wearing a specially minted badge during the Centennial period. The badge design is an adaptation of a 1930s era badge donated to the department by former member Eugene (Gene) Walker.

The Torrance Historical Society has invited retired Torrance Fire Fighter and historian, Jim Ellingson, to highlight the history of what began as a one-man volunteer fire department, and grew into a Class One rated team of dedicated Firefighters. Jim has also written a book on the history of the Torrance Fire Dept., and it will be available for purchase and signing.

Here are the details:

What: Presentation and Book Signing Event
When: Sunday, April 29th, 2012 2:00PM
Location: Torrance Historical Society & Museum, 1345 Post Avenue, Old Torrance
Cost: Free and open to the public - donations accepted. Books will be available for purchase.
Info: visit or call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.

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