- AN Historical Destination -

A Fundraiser for the Ginger House Museum

​​July 14-15, 2018
Independence, Missouri

Ginger Rogers was born at 100 W Moore Street in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911

She visited the house several times, including during Ginger Rogers Day hosted by the City of Independence in July of 1994. The house was designated an Historic Landmark at that time. 

We are hosting the first Ginger Rogers Day since 1994 and hope to make this an annual event, which is a fundraiser for the Ginger House Museum. The museum should be completed by the end of this year, pending exterior restoration approval by the city and adequate funds to complete the project. Several locations on the Square are participating, including Up-Dog, which will offer Ginger's favorites on Sunday, and Polly's Pop - they are making a special Ginger Pop in honor of Ginger Rogers!

  • Saturday: Presentations  - find out about the house, Ginger, and her amazing mother, Lela!

  • Saturday night Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction - Join us for a banquet and silent auction July 15 to raise funds for the restoration effort.  We have some great items that you won't want to miss an opportunity to bid on, including some items that were owned by Ginger!  (We are happy to accept memorabilia contributions for the auction)
  • Sunday: Ginger Rogers Film Festival: See Ginger on the big screen at the Pharoah 4 Cinema on the Square - four films will be shown throughout the day and evening!

  • Saturday and Sunday: Tour the House Ginger Rogers was Born in - Take a tour through the home at 100 W. Moore Street where Ginger Rogers was born. We've tried to restore it to original condition as much as possible and we think you'll enjoy it! 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ticket holders only - not open to the public. 

  • Sunday:  Have lunch at Up Dog on the Square with some of Ginger Roger's favorites like chili dogs and ice cream floats!

Fundraising Banquet 
July 14

Ophelia's Restaurant

5:00 = 6:00 Silent Auction and Coctail Hour. Bid on multiple items owned by Ginger Rogers,  memoribilia, gift baskets, and much, much more! Cash bar open - be sure to try the Ginger Rogers coctail!

6:00 Dinner: Enjoy a Ceasar salad, Balsamic marinated chicken breast topped with oven roasted tomatoes and grilled salmon with a citrus butter sauce, mashed potatoes, asparagus, and a special dessert in honor of Ginger Rogers. If you have special dietary needs, just let us know in advance.

6:30 - 9:00: Presentations over dinner, including our keynote speaker Roberta Olden!

Keynote Speaker: 
Roberta Olden was Ginger Rogers personal secretary for 18 years. Roberta will share some little known facts about Ginger and her exciting travels around the world. She will speak during the Banquet on Saturday night. 

Presentations on Saturday at the Banquet:

Video of Ginger Rogers at the House: Tom Talbert with Tom Talbert Video took video of Ginger Roger's Visit during Ginger Rogers Day on July 16, 1994. This event would be her last public appearance. Tom will share his experience and show the video. 

The History of the House: Audrey Elder with Past to Present Research, LLC will talk about her book 100 W Moore, and the interesting facts about the history of this 1906 Crafstman Bungalow. 

                                         Presentations on Sunday Afternoon at the House: 

​The Renovation of the Ginger House:
 Gene Padgitt with Three Trails Cottages, LLC will describe the work that was completed in order to restore the house to safe condition and original appearance. www.threetrailscottages.com


The Ginger Rogers Story: Marge Padgitt will present the amazing story of Lela Rogers and her famous daughter, Ginger Rogers. You won't want to miss this!

Saturday Night Ghost Hunt: Believe it or not, we've experienced some paranormal activity at the house, so we're planning a late night ghost hunt from 10 pm - midnight with a professional paranormal investigation group. If you'd like to participate just get purchase a separate ticket. limit 10 people. If more people register, we'll hold a hunt on Friday night as well. 

The Ginger Rogers Day Festival

Festival Ticket: Your ticket includes admission to all of the presentations at the house and banquet, the banquet and silent auction, a ticket for one Ginger Rogers cocktail at the banquet, an 11" x 17" festival poster, and a tour of the house where Ginger was born. We will send you your ticket by email at least 2 weeks prior to the event. All proceeds go to the museum. $75.00 each or two for $140.00

Museum/Festival T-Shirt:Available in sizes small - 3XL. $26.00 each. Your shirt and poster will be at the Ginger House waiting for you when you arrive. All proceeds go to the museum. 

Ghost Hunt Ticket: Admission to the Ghost Hunt at the Ginger House 8 pm - 10 pm July 13 or 14. Bring your own small equipment and camera if you'd like. $50.00 pp.  All proceeds go to the museum. Maximum 10 participants.

(purchase online soon)

To purchase a brick or contribute to the museum visit our contribution page.

Bed and Breakfasts:

​Silver Heath Inn Bed and Breakfast

1114 S Noland Rd., Independence, MO 64050




Ophelias Restaurant and Inn on the Square

201 N Maple Street

Independence, MO 64050



Hawthorn Bed and Breakfast

1 Hawthorne, Place

Independence, MO 64052



Woodstove Inn Bed and Breakfast

1212 W Lexington

Independence, MO 64050




Quality Inn & Suites
Kansas City I-70 East
4200 S Noland Rd, Independence, MO 64055
 about 2 miles away

Days Inn Independence
13712 E 42nd Terr. S, Independence, MO 64055
about 2 miles away

My Place Hotel 
20105 E. Valley View Parkway, Independence, MO 64057
 about 8 miles away 

Drury Inn and Suites

​Hilton Garden Inn

100 W. Moore Street, Independence MO. Ginger Rogers (Virginia McMath) was born here on July 16, 1911

LIFE Magazine 1942- Ginger on the front porch of the house