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NYC & COMPANY NAMES LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM
FEBRUARY’S CULTURAL ORGANIZATION OF THE MONTH
--Louis Armstrong House Museum to offer 2-for-1 admission in February
to visitors who mention “Cultural Organization of the Month”--
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New York, NY (January 11, 2005) –The Louis Armstrong House Museum — the only officially designated historic house in the world that belonged to a jazz musician — has been named NYC & Company’s Cultural Organization of the Month for February. Located in Corona, Queens, the museum, which is administered by Queens College, is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural legacy of jazz legend Louis Armstrong. In recognition of African American History Month, the museum will offer 2-for-1 admission in February to visitors who mention “Cultural Organization of the Month.” Sponsored by NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism marketing organization, the Cultural Organization of the Month program promotes cultural tourism in all five boroughs.
The museum contains a collection of the musician’s archives and is located within the house that Armstrong and his wife Lucille purchased in 1943 and lived in for the rest of their lives. It is a national historic landmark and is the only historic house in New York City that dates from the 20th century. Visitors have the opportunity to see the house exactly as it looked when the Armstrongs lived there. In addition to being the Father of Jazz, Armstrong was a civil rights champion, gifted actor and comedian, prolific writer, amateur archivist, and collage artist
Visitors receive a guided tour of the entire house including the huge living room with international souvenirs, a bathroom completely covered in mirrors and with gold-plated fixtures, the 1960s era kitchen with custom-made turquoise cabinets, and Louis’ den, where he worked on his huge personal collection of reel-to-reel tapes. An audio system plays clips from the tape collection throughout the house, adding candid and previously unknown information about Armstrong to the tour.
“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a wonderful tribute to an individual who brought so much wonderful music and cultural enrichment to New York and the world,” said Cristyne L. Nicholas, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “NYC & Company is proud to showcase the Louis Armstrong House Museum and we hope New Yorkers and visitors alike will take the opportunity to learn about this brilliant musician and humanitarian.”
“During the decades that Louis Armstrong resided in Queens, he probably never imagined that one day his modest house would be an historic museum visited by people from all over the world. But Louis, who genuinely loved everybody everywhere and who always enjoyed a good time, would no doubt be thrilled with the Louis Armstrong House Museum,” said Michael Cogswell, director of Louis Armstrong House Museum. “Visitors to the Louis Armstrong House can hear Louis swapping jokes and stories with friends, Louis playing with the family dog, Louis and Lucille eating a big meal, Louis practicing his trumpet, and many other real-life moments recorded by Louis into his reel-to-reel tape decks. These recordings really make the Armstrong House ‘come alive.’ Some visitors burst into tears at the wonder of it all. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is delighted that NYC & Company has selected us to be its Cultural Organization of the Month. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a cultural treasure that has quickly become a ‘must visit’ destination for tourists, school groups, music lovers, history buffs, and many, many others.”
The Louis Armstrong Archives at the Queens College campus in Flushing is also open to visitors by appointment (718-997-3670). Included is Armstrong’s vast personal collection of recordings, reel-to-reel tapes, scrapbooks, photos, correspondence, and much more.
Calendar of Events for February:
For a complete calendar of Louis Armstrong House Museum’s events for February, please visit NYC & Company’s website at www.nycvisit.com and click on Cultural Organization of the Month: Louis Armstrong House Museum, located under NYC Highlights.
Special Presentation Series
Saturday, February 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th at 2:00pm
Louis Armstrong: Father of Jazz and Much More!
Presentation and House tour included in admission
While many know Louis Armstrong as the Father of Jazz, some may not know him as a civil rights champion, gifted actor and comedian, prolific writer, amateur archivist, and collage artist. Every Saturday in February at 2pm during African American History Month, visitors can enjoy a special pre-tour presentation highlighting these varied talents and contributions, followed by a guided tour of the home he shared with wife Lucille for almost 30 years. Visitors can explore these subjects through Armstrong’s homemade audio recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other memorabilia. Please visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org for specific event details.
About Louis Armstrong House Museum: The mission of the Louis Armstrong House Museum is to preserve and promote the cultural legacy of Louis Armstrong. This includes making the materials in the archives available to everyone, serving as a reference source for researchers, presenting concerts and educational programs about his life, and operating his home as a historic house museum. Hours of operation: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 12pm-5pm; Guided tours start every hour on the hour (last tour everyday is at 4pm). Admission: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors/students/children, free for members. The museum is located at 34-56 107th Street, near the corner of 37th Ave and 107th Street, Corona, Queens. For more information, call the museum at 718-478-8274 or visit www.louisarmstronghouse.org To get there by subway, take the 7 train to 103rd Street. Walk north on 103rd Street, right on 37th Avenue, left on 107th Street. The museum is on the left side, ½ block north of 37th Avenue.
About NYC & Company: NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism marketing organization, is a private, membership-based non-profit dedicated to building New York City’s economy and positive image through tourism and convention development, major events and the marketing of the city on a worldwide basis. For more information visit www.nycvisit.com or call 212-484-1222.