Louis Armstrong House Joins Black History Month 5 Boro Tour

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will participate in the first annual NYC Black History Month 5 Boro Tour, beginning February 1, 2013. The 5 Boro Tour includes nine sites across all 5 Boros. 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% off your meal purchase at Applebee's. Collect all nine!

At the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the 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 Louis's own, never-before-published manuscripts is printed on the reverse. Complimentary with museum admission while supplies last. (Limit - one per visitor.)

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 & Cultural Center - Queens Library, 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, go to NYCbhm.org and follow the links to each organization's site.

On the NYC Black History Month 5 Boro Tour:

"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 on-going 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," saidLandmarks 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.

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

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The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, Queens, New York. The museum is open Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm. It can be found online at www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or by calling 718.478.8297.

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