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Special Events at the Museum

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The Lomita Railroad Museum offers a year-round calendar of events running from August through June. All these events are open to the public and most are free admission.

To see information on the next scheduled event CLICK HERE.

Speakers Forum

Now in its fifth year, the Lomita Railroad Museum Speakers Forum offers audiences fascinating presentations and lively discussion in an enjoyable and relaxed setting. Our presenters are authors, scholars, local personalities, and experts in their fields.  

This season’s five presentations of the Lomita Railroad Museum Speakers Forum revolve around the general themes of the past, present and future in

  • Railroads and transportation
  • The American West and experiences of the people who live here
  • Other topics of interest related to Lomita, the Los Angeles South Bay, and Southern California

Each program begins with a reception and light refreshments in the Museum Patio at 6:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 7:00 p.m.

In 2012, through the generosity of a grant from BNSF Railways Foundation, we were able to expand our programming and more widely promote the series to attract a larger audience. Through the support of donors like you, the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation has continued this effort.

Below is the 2013-14 Calendar of Events, but if you have suggestions for future topics or presenters, please let us know.

Annual Events

Each year the Museum hosts six special events -

  • the Lomita Chamber of Commerce Mixer in September
  • our Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fundraiser in September and (date change in 2014)
  • the Holiday Appreciation Event for our donors, volunteers and Friends of the Museum in December
  • Music at the Museum in March (new in 2014)
  • our end-of-year Tea on the Lawn in May
  • Community Day at the Museum with free admission, entertainment, and special tours for all in August (date change in 2014)


Why do we ask for RSVPs?

Most events at the Lomita Railroad Museum are free, but we ask that you RSVP so that we have sufficient refreshments and seating. Thanks to our generous donors, presentations with larger numbers of attendees can now be accommodated comfortably in the Museum patio area.

To RSVP, please

  • email us at , or
  • phone the museum at (310) 326-6255




Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)


Speakers Forum

Rancho Remnants: Persistence of Mexican Land Use Patterns in Los Angeles

A fascinating review of Mexican property boundaries and how they are reflected in land use patterns throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Hear how streets, street patterns, city boundaries and other aspects of the modern landscape trace rancho, pueblo, and mission boundaries, with the aim of answering why some of these have persisted and others disappeared. A special focus of this talk are boundaries of the Rancho San Pedro in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

Mike McDaniel is a lecturer in the Geography Department at CSULB and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst with the City of El Segundo. He specializes in land use planning and historical geography.


Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

5:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

$5 admission

Lomita Chamber of Commerce Mixer at the Museum

Take advantage of this enjoyable opportunity to meet and network with Lomita and South Bay business-people in a unique museum setting. Open to all.

Picture of mole in harbor

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)


Speakers Forum

Rail & the Port - Past, Present and Future

The history of our Los Angeles Port is a rich and fascinating one. Learn how connections between current day railroad systems and the Port came to be, how these rail systems operate, and what improvements have been proposed for the future.

Ron Groves is a Senior Civil Engineer with the Port of Los Angeles Engineering Division and heads the Rail Projects Group which is responsible for the design and project management of major rail infrastructure projects within the port complex.


Santa waving from locomotive

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013

1:00 to 4:00 pm
At the Museum

$10 per family admission
Includes a photo with Santa

Santa's Coming to the Lomita Railroad Museum!

Have your picture taken with Santa!

Enjoy a special reading of

The Polar Express

Bring the entire family! Lots of activities for the kids!


Thursday, Dec 5, 2013

6:30 p.m.
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)

Click here for flyer.


picture of C Nile Sounds barbershop quartet
Holiday Appreciation Party for Donors, Volunteers, Supporters, & Staff

This is our opportunity to say thank you to all our Museum friends and celebrate the holidays at the Museum.

Please join us for entertainment by the CNile Sound Barbershop Quartet, refreshments, and good cheer!


Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)


Speakers Forum

Ground Water - the Treasure Beneath Our Feet

The history of the Western US and Southern California is tied directly to ready access to water. Learn about where our water comes from and how it gets to our taps in the South Bay. Hear how the Water Replenishment District of Southern California is working to make our groundwater basin independent from expensive and increasingly less reliable imported water from the Sacramento Delta and Colorado River.

Rob Katherman is an Environmental Engineer and has served as Board Director of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California since his election in 2004. He is Council Deputy to Los Angeles Councilmember Curren Price assisting him with economic development and planning issues and has more than 30 years of experience in land use planning, environmental impact analysis and governmental and community relations. Rob is also a proud grandfather.

Picture of grandfather and grandson

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)


Speakers Forum

The Formation of Japanese-American Society Via Laughter, Hardship, and Culture

Sunny Seki will introduce Japanese culture and icons through his three children's books. Through The Last Kappa of Old Japan he will show how the Industrial Revolution changed Japan, including the various modes of transportation that they used. He will conclude by sharing the history of Japanese-Americans through the humorous and also touching short senryu poems that they wrote; he will especially focus on the lives of the gardeners, and share photographs of Japanese railroad workers.

Sunny Seki is the author/illustrator of three award-winning children's books that introduce Japanese folklore. He is also a teacher of a form of Japanese poetry called senryu, and has compiled one century of poems written by Japanese-Americans into two books that reveal the joys, hardships, and ultimate success of this population. Sunny has presented at multiple venues, some of which include the Japanese-American National Museum, Little Tokyo Library, Pasadena Seminar,the Haiku North America Conference, the Southern California Gardeners' Federation, and the Imin Museum in Yokohama. Prior to writing books, he operated Sunny Seki Photography for 35 years. Sunny has nine children, and lives in San Gabriel with his wife, Judy.


Moved to Sept. 2014

Fruit of the Vine! Wine Tasting for the Museum

Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014
1:30-4 p.m.


At the Museum Annex Park


Around the corner at the Lomita-Harbor City Kiwanis Hall
24822 Narbonne Ave., Lomita

picture of Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

$15 Donation requested
$10 for members of the Friends of Lomita Railroad Museum
All proceeds go to Lomita Railroad Museum, its programs & planned expansion.

RSVPs are appreciated (see above)

Music at the Museum - Peter Cooper & Eric Brace in Concert
with Cynthia Brando & Jim Silvers

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and enjoy a delightful afternoon of Americana music by this Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter duo from Nashville.

"Peter Cooper is an East Nashville-based singer, songwriter, touring artist, sideman, producer, college professor, and award-winning journalist... He is a Grammy-nominated producer for the acclaimed 2011 release I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow."

"As front man of the acclaimed roots-rock band Last Train Home, as a solo artist, and as a duo with songsmith Peter Cooper, EricBrace is a prolific and admired artist and is a former music journalist for the Washington Post... He's a devoted champion of the rich and productive East Nashville music scene, having produced three compilations of East Nashville music featuring some of Nashville’s finest songwriters... His most recent project is Hangtown Dancehall, a musical about the California Gold Rush."

Relax and have fun with Eric & Peter's fine harmony, wry humor, and entertaining story telling. For more about Eric & Peter, and to listen to samples of their music, click on the following link -

You are invited to bring your beach chairs and to picnic on the lawn at this fundraiser for the Lomita Railroad Museum. Light refreshments available.

This event is presented by The Haystack Theatre & the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation.

Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Presentation
At the Museum

Free admission
Please RSVP
(see above)


Speakers Forum

South Bay History in Your Pajamas: Finding the History of the South Bay Through On-Line Sources

With more and more quality information being digitized and made available on the web, it is easier than ever to find out about the unique history of our area on-line. Join Librarian Mike George as he demonstrates how to find historic newspapers, photos, reminiscences, blogs, and other resources on-line. Discover how to construct a useful search, how to determine authenticity and accuracy of a web source and why “it’s not all on Google”. While this program focuses on the South Bay, principles learned here can help in research for other communities as well.

Michael George is a reference librarian at Torrance’s Main Library. Mike is bi-schooled, having attended both USC and UCLA’s graduate programs with emphasis in History and Library Science. Mike loves learning about and sharing the unique history of the South Bay.

picture of French tea invitation

Sunday, May 18, 2014

2:00-4:00 p.m.
At the Museum

$30 Donation requested for early reservation
$35 on day of event

Please RSVP
email -
phone - 310-326-6255
mail - Lomita Railroad Museum, 2137 W. 250th St., Lomita, CA 90717

Click here for Additional information & Reservations

7th Annual Afternoon Tea on the Lawn

Enjoy a delightful afternoon of conversation and entertainment with friends, neighbors, and other Lomita Railroad Museum supporters at the 7th Annual Afternoon Tea on the Lawn hosted by the Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation.

Tea and refreshments will be served to our guests at tables beautifully decorated by Museum supporters. An engraved memorial brick mounted in the Museum Walk of Fame will be awarded to the table voted the best by the guests.

Entertainment will include singing by the LOLAs - an cappella singing group - and a presentation by the Museum staff & volunteers showcasing items from our museum collection.

Please contact the Museum by email ( or by phone (310-326-6255) for information about reserving a table for eight.

Staff and volunteers of the Lomita Railroad Museum & City of Lomita, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis youth groups, and Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation Board

Picture of clown at Community Day 2013


Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014

10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
At the Museum

Free admission

Community Day at the Lomita Railroad Museum!

When is the last time you visited the Museum? Children and adults of all ages are invited to this special day at the Museum and Park. Many different kinds of entertainment and free tours will be provided throughout the day.

PDF Community Day Flyer

PDF Application and Vendor Letter

Check back here for more information closer to the event.

Staff and volunteers of the Lomita Railroad Museum & City of Lomita, and Lomita Railroad Museum Foundation Board


2014-15 Events

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Speakers Forum
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Lomita Chamber of Commerce Mixer
Friday, September 12, 2014 Wine & Art Reception
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Speakers Forum
Thursday, December 4, 2014 Holiday Appreciation Event
Sunday, December 7, 2014 Santa & Polar Express at the Museum
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Speakers Forum
Thursday, February 19, 2015 Speakers Forum
March, 2015 Concert at the Museum
Thursday, April 16, 2015 Speakers Forum
Sunday, May 17, 2015 8th Annual Afternoon Tea on the Lawn


CLICK HERE for Mike George's HANDOUT

If Walls Could Talk! Discover the History of Your Home, Thursday, Feb 21, 2013

Speakers Forum


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