2013-02-06 / Features

Louis Armstrong House Museum Joins Black History Month 5 Boro Tour


A rare photograph of Louis Armstrong at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans, dated 1931, to be given away to all visitors to the museum during the Black History Month 5 Boro Tour. 
Photo Courtesy Louis Armstrong House Museum A rare photograph of Louis Armstrong at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans, dated 1931, to be given away to all visitors to the museum during the Black History Month 5 Boro Tour. Photo Courtesy Louis Armstrong House Museum The Louis Armstrong House Museum is one of nine sites in all five boroughs participating in the first annual New York City Black History Month 5 Boro Tour. Each cultural and historic site will offer rich programming to celebrate Black History Month.

The 5 Boro Tour is self-guided. Guests can plan their visits to each of the nine sites throughout the month of February to participate. By checking in at each site, visitors can pick up a tour gift from Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar. Simply mention Promo Code: NYCbhm and receive 10 percent off your meal purchase at Applebee’s. Everyone is eligible to collect all nine.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum welcomes visitors to explore how the improbable life of Louis Armstrong influenced world music and the civil rights movement. The museum contains the world’s largest archives devoted to a single jazz musician, including an extensive collection of artifacts and furnishings that belonged to the Armstrongs. In addition to the Applebee’s Tour gift, each visitor will receive a rare photograph of Armstrong at the Suburban Gardens in New Orleans in 1931, a groundbreaking moment in civil rights. An exclusive excerpt from one of Armstrong’s own, never-beforepublished manuscripts is printed on the reverse. The photo is complimentary with museum admission while supplies last.

Louis Armstrong House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and New York City Landmark.

In addition to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Black History Month 5 Boro Tour includes: African Burial Ground National Monument, Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center - Queens Library, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Sandy Ground Historical Society Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - New York Public Library, Weeksville Heritage Center and the Woodlawn Conservancy.

For a complete list of Black History Month programming information, visit NYCbhm.org and follow the links to each organization’s site.

“The idea for the 5 Boro Tour for Black History Month was inspired by the Partners in Preservation program sponsored by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation,” explained Michael Cogswell, executive director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. “New York City is one of most culturally rich cities on the planet, and we want people to explore all nine of the cultural organizations on the 5 Boro Tour—each is wonderful and each is unique.”

“Reflective of our ongoing participation in our neighborhoods, Applebee’s is proud to partner with these fine cultural organizations in our local communities as we celebrate Black History Month,” noted Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar NY Area Franchisee CEO Zane Trankel.

“The tour is a great opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists alike to deepen their appreciation and understanding of the powerful role African Americans have played in the cultural and economic development of our city,” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Robert B. Tierney. “Three of the cultural institutions included on the tour— the Louis Armstrong House, the Weeksville Heritage Center and the African Burial Grounds—are New York City landmarks, making an even more compelling case for visiting them.”

“The 5 Boro Tour is an outstanding way for visitors to experience some of the city’s richest cultural offerings during Black History Month this February,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta.

Black History Month 5 Boro Tour sponsors include: Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and Queens Tourism Council.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th St. in Corona. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8297.

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