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Torrance Historical Society & Museum

Kurt Weideman

1st Vice-Pres.
Janet Payne
2nd Vice-Pres.
Helen Nowatka
3rd Vice-Pres.
Debbie Hays
4th Vice-Pres.
Jill Maroney

Ann Strong
Gene Higginbotham
Jerry Ronan

Special Events
Joann Miyamoto
Financial Secretary
Keri Gilbert
Museum Volunteer Chair
Nancy Takahashi
Member At Large
Mike George
Sue Herbers

Advisory Board
Liz Fobes
Richard Meyer
Dee Hardison
Janice Plank
Gene Hassan
Tom Rische
Carl Kaemerle
Jamie Ruth Watson

Museum Contacts
Acting Museum Coordinator
Janet Payne
Acting Assistant Museum Coordinator
Cleoarn Ferm
Library Liason
Dana Vinke

Meetings: Third Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (except July, August & December)
Torrance Historical Society & Museum
1345 Post Ave., Torrance, CA 90501

The Post Avenue Library (built in 1936) closed when the City of Torrance opened the Civic Center Library (Katy Geissert Library). Shortly thereafter the Torrance Historical Society opened a museum in the historic building. The Society has an ever increasing collection of local history and a state-of-the-art archive. There are permanent exhibts, as well as changing exhibts that vary.

The Society hosts an annual fun, family, free event, Rock Around the Block, the third Thursday of July that celebrates Torrance's All America City Award of 1956.

In October of even numbered years, the Society has an major fund raiser, "Original Fall Tour of Old Torrance Historic Homes." 

A free walking tour of Old Downtown Torrance (Olmsted District) is held on the fourth Sunday of each month from May thru October. This docent led tour starts at the Museum at 1:30 p.m., and features the historic landmarks of the area. It's an easy, but brisk walk, covering eight blocks, takes approximately 90 minutes, and is open to the public with no required reservation. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a camera and a friend. 

All persons interested in local heritage are invited and encouraged to become members of the Torrance Historical Society. Applications are available at

The Museum is free and open to the public Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for special events that are advertised. For more information, please call the Museum at (310) 328-5392.