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Louis Armstrong house marks 10 years as NYC museum, unveils plaster life mask he made in 1950s

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The modest, two-story brick house that jazz great Louis Armstrong called home for 28 years is celebrating its 10th year as a museum.

As part of the yearlong celebration, the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York City will be unveiling a plaster life mask of the trumpeter made in the 1950s.

Curator David Reese says Armstrong was very aware of his fame and liked to document his career in unusual ways.

The house in the Corona section of Queens is virtually unchanged from when Armstrong and his wife lived there. Armstrong died in the master bedroom in 1971.

The museum holds the largest publicly held archival collection in the world devoted to a jazz musician.

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