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North Dakota museum plans celebration for Peggy Lee's birthday

The Wimbledon, N.D., space was a childhood home to the late jazz singer.

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee around the time she would have been singing on WDAY Radio and at the Powers Hotel.
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WIMBLEDON, N.D. — Organizers at the Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum invite the public to celebrate Peggy Lee’s 102nd birthday and the seasonal opening of the space on Thursday, May 26.

From 1-4 p.m., cake, coffee and lemonade will be served and tours given of the ongoing Peggy Lee exhibit.

The late jazz singer, born Norma Deloris Egstrom, was raised by her father , the station agent, in the former train depot until graduating from high school in 1937 and moving to Fargo. Four years later she joined the Benny Goodman Orchestra and her singing career took off.

Earlier this year, CBS Sunday Morning aired an interview with Lee’s granddaughter , Holly Foster Wells, at the museum to commemorate the singer’s 100th birthday.

The Midland Continental Depot Transportation Museum is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and Sunday through Wednesday by appointment throughout the summer.

For 20 years John Lamb has covered art, entertainment and lifestyle stories in the area for The Forum.
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