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Posted on December 23, 2013

Queens HistoricLast weekend, many Queens residents took a step back in time by joining in the Queens Historical Society’s 26th annual Holiday Historic House Tour.

The tour, which took place Dec. 8, gave participants a chance to visit seven different historic sites in the borough, which showcased a wide range of previous eras and cultures, from the 17th century to the early 20th.

While the tour has been running for a quarter century, this year was the first time the Louis Armstrong House Museum was included as a stop. The Corona landmark was purchased by the music legend and his wife in 1943. Visitors had a chance to not only learn about the site, but hear some holiday gems from Armstrong as well.

“We had a great response from our visitors,” said Jennifer Walden, director of marketing for the Armstrong museum. “Most of our visitors were first-time guests. They had heard about the house but had not had a chance to visit yet.”

Those who dropped in heard rare recordings of Armstrong reading “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and other Christmas pieces, and also got to sample some complimentary sweets.

Dating even further back is Flushing Town Hall. The 1862 building was once the political center of Flushing, and its rich history was celebrated as part of the historic house tour. Now serving primarily as a performance space, the Town Hall delighted guests with a program of classical music. The Balsam Trio — Alex Hu, Sverre Bauge, and Pei-Hsuan Tsai — from Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, performed pieces from Beethoven and Brahms, accompanied by guest artists Abram Korsunsky and Gloria Shih of the Gracieux Piano Trio.

Read the full story at the Queens Times Ledger.

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