Hawthorne Historical Society

A nonprofit organization founded in 2011

Hawthorne is located in the very heart of the favored Southwest, being in the direct path of Los Angeles, towards the only natural deep-water seaport in Southern California.

We endeavor to bring you closer to the City of Hawthorne, past and present, by providing exhibits, materials, local history speaker events, walking guided tours for area school classes, historical reference books and photographs, personal histories (oral and written) and our annual Hall of Fame Induction Dinner where notable people and organizations are recognized and honored.

The Hawthorne Land Company published and distributed thousands of circulars to entice people to purchase lots and or homes in the Hawthorne area. We welcome your input, comments, and contributions of photographs and memories to augment the collection.

Who We Are?

Hawthorne Historical Society, founded in 2011, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire and empower people to make Hawthorne's richly diverse past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.


The Hawthorne Historical Society is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are funded through memberships, direct cash donations, events, and sponsorships. Amazon online shoppers can name the Hawthorne Historical Society of Hawthorne, CA, as your charitable organization by adding us on smile.amazon.com.


Membership is not required to access our website or physical museum.We do offer paid membership to support our organization and offer exclusive content and your name is acknowledged on our website with consent.


In both the online store and at the Museum, we have limited supplies of hard copy high school yearbooks, electronic copies of yearbooks, digital vintage photographs and historical documents as well as logo branded shirts and souvenirs, stickers, bookmarks, and pins.

Hawthorne Society Membership

We do offer paid membership to support our organization and offer exclusive content and your name is acknowledged on our website with consent.

Free Membership

  •   Sign Up for Updates
  •   Purchase Products
  •   Free Gallery & Blogs

Paid Membership

  •   Tax Deductible Receipts
  •   Online Store Discounts
  •    Event Priority Invite
  •   Exclusive Content
  •   Member Gallery & blogs

Our Sponsors

Ways To Support Us !

Support for the organization comes to us in the form of memberships, cash donations, engraved nameplates on the perpetual memorial plaque displayed in the museum, online store items, major sponsorships, museum and community events, and with the deepest gratitude, the City of Hawthorne who provides the museum building and utilities.

Click below to begin your commitment to preserving and sharing the evolution of Hawthorne, CA from 1922 to the present.


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 1262, Hawthorne, CA, 90251



14100 Prairie Avenue, Hawthorne CA 90250

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Museum Hours

Tuesday and Saturday 11am – 2pm