What I’ve Learned

When people say “you learn something new every day” that statement should not be taken lightly. Throughout my time at the Louis Armstrong House Museum and Archives I have learned a lot about museum and archive work, Louis Armstrong, and how to navigate the world. The experience that I had during my fellowship is something... Continue Reading →

Louis in the Summertime

Summertime, an' the livin' is easy  Fish are jumpin' an' the cotton is high. Oh, yo' daddy's rich and yo' ma is good-lookin' So hush, little baby, don' you cry. Those lyrics from the song "Summertime" in the opera Porgy and Bess summarize the feelings people experience during the summer. The summer is the time... Continue Reading →

Louis & Family

To Louis Armstrong, family meant everything. From his band members to his actual family members, those who were close to Louis experienced his warmth and generosity. It did not matter if he had not seen you in a long period of time, Louis always greeted people that he knew with happiness and joy. In this... Continue Reading →

Virtual Museums to Enjoy

We’ve all been stuck at home for a while now and from the amount of people I see on the news breaking social distancing, people are getting tired of it. The weather is getting nice and people want to go places, however, we all should still practice social distancing and stay home. But just because... Continue Reading →

Libraries During the Great Depression

During this time of quarantine, many people miss doing their favorite extracurricular activities like going to the park, playing sports, or visiting a museum. Libraries have always been places where people can congregate and learn about different places, people, and ideas. In times of distress, like the Great Depression, people had to create new ways... Continue Reading →

Louis in Quarantine

Honestly, I don’t want to write this blog post right now. One third of Americans are being told to stay inside, many hospitals are being overwhelmed, and people are getting sick everyday lowering the morale everywhere. Cultural institutions are trying to help by offering free exhibits and content to make you feel like the world... Continue Reading →

Louis and His Positivity

Many people know Louis Armstrong as a musician, singer, entertainer, and staple of jazz music. But not many people focus on Louis’ resilient spirit throughout his life. Louis spent his childhood in New Orleans in an area called The Battlefield and dealt with segregation, poverty, and the dangerous element that was frequent in his neighborhood.... Continue Reading →

Preservation

What does it mean to preserve? In the dictionary, the word preserve has multiple meanings, but all of them refer to maintaining or protecting something from decay. This can refer to a physical object or an idea. But how do you preserve an idea? You cannot put it in a box or wrap it in... Continue Reading →

Preserving Black History

This Black History Month I want to highlight places that are preserving black history. Establishments like the Louis Armstrong Archives, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the National Museum of African American Music, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University, and countless museums and archives that collect and catalog information pertaining... Continue Reading →

Women In Jazz

Since its creation in the early twentieth century, jazz has remained a popular genre of music with both men and women creating music. Its fast pace and upbeat tempo helped to increase its popularity, but most of the people who were receiving attention were men. Women, especially black women, have long contributed to the creation... Continue Reading →

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