Soul Of A Nation

Earlier this month, I traveled to Bentonville, Arkansas with a group of emerging curators and students from the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC), which comprises of students from Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse College. Traveling along, President Dr. Mary Schmidt-Campbell of Spelman College, joined the group considering her instrumental work as the executive... Continue Reading →

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The Annual 2018 Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala

The 2018 Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala was nothing short of amazing. The event took place at Capitale in the Bowery of NYC. The venue itself was breathtaking, from the elaborately adorned ceilings, to the contemporary and sophisticated centerpieces that graced the dinner tables. Waiters glided amongst the guests, offering an array of hors d'oeuvres.... Continue Reading →

Everywhere In New York

Aside from being curatorial fellows, one of the exciting parts about the fellowship is that we get to visit and meet other exciting people working in New York. Generally, it’s someone who works at a museum or other cultural institutions, and through these encounters we get to learn how other organizations, for and non-profit, run... Continue Reading →

In The Swing Of Things: New Orleans

It's 2018, and 5 months into the 10-month-long fellowship with the Louis Armstrong House Museum! Time sure does fly when you are having fun! Over the holiday break I ventured back home down south. Even though Jackson, Mississippi is home, I made a stop in the Big Easy! It was exciting to meander down famous... Continue Reading →

A New Day Shall Come

My greatest fear, still, is not becoming one of the curators I’ve read about and have met. Moreover, five months in, and several swipes of my MTA card later I’m understanding day by day that I will more than likely never be one of those curators, and that’s completely fine by me. Coming to New... Continue Reading →

An Hour with Michael

The Louis Armstrong House Museum has had the pleasure of having Michael Cogswell as its Executive Director since 1995, though he began as LAHM's first archivist in 1991. He has lead this organization from its infancy to where we are today, finally beginning construction on our long-planned Education Center across the street from the Museum.... Continue Reading →

A Monumental Woman

The holidays are quickly approaching! Recently I have been dutifully working on rewriting the Holiday Tour at The Louis Armstrong House Museum. This year the museum is participating in the 30th Annual Holiday House Tour, hosted by The Queens Historical Society. Our museum will be featured alongside other historic sites located in Queens, such as... Continue Reading →

“Dizzy at 100”

John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie is credited as a pioneer in American jazz music. Dizzy was a longtime friend of Louis Armstrong.  Throughout his career he worked with eminent swing bands like that of Benny Carter and Charlie Barnet. He also popularized the style of bebop. The staff at the Louis Armstrong House Museum was invited... Continue Reading →

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