Louis Armstrong Museum prepares for new facility
by Jason Cohen
Mar 05, 2014 | 6930 views | 0 0 comments | 184 184 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In 2013, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona reached a decade of celebrating the legendary jazz musician's career and life in Queens.

To further enhance the legacy of Armstrong, the museum is planning to open an educational facility across the street from the home on 107th Street, where Armstrong and his wife Lucille lived from 1943 to 1971.

Executive Director Michael Cogswell said the property has been empty since the 1970s, and was an eyesore filled with trash and weeds. In 1998, it was purchased by a generous donor and given to the museum.

Much of the museum's collection, which is vast, is housed at Queens College. Armstrong himself had seven major collections, 5,000 photos, 85 scrapbooks and 700 home recordings.

There is also a collector in Switzerland and another in Cape Cod that have donated thousands of items to the museum as well.

All of these items, plus more space to hold educational programs, will be a part of the new two-story facility, which Cogswell hopes will open sometime in 2016.

“I’m very excited for the building,” he said. “This will benefit the entire community.”

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