New York — The Queens house of jazz great Louis Armstrong is vying to someday rank alongside three of the most visited historic homes in the U.S. – which draw about 40 times its tourist total.
“One day we will be on a par with Monticello and Mount Vernon and Graceland,” said Michael Cogswell, the museum director at Satchmo’s Corona home. “It takes time to get there. You have to do it step by step.”
Cogswell said he hopes two initiatives – cataloging the museum’s entire collection online by the end of 2011 and opening a visitor center in 2013 – will raise the home’s profile.