Open to the public August 22, 2018
The Ginger House Museum
~ TIMELINE ~
This working-class Craftsman Bungalow was first constructed
Ginger Rogers was born in the home and lived here with her mother for the first years of her life.
The first Ginger Rogers Day was held in 1964, and was initiated by President Harry Truman.
The home was added to the historic register in Independence, Missouri on Ginger's birthday July 16.
July: A third festival celebrating Ginger Rogers was held July 13-15 in Independence and was hosted by the Ginger House Museum.
August: The Ginger House Museum opens.
100 W. Moore Street, Independence, MO
Located a few blocks from the Harry S Truman Library and Museum
Designated as an Historic Landmark by the City of Independence in 1994
We've repaired the structural issues with the house and restored the interior to as close to the original time period as possible, trying to keep this example of a Craftsman Bungalow intact. All of the woodwork inside and out is original, as are the windows, most of the doors and door fixtures, the claw-foot tub, and corner bathroom sink. Everything else was replaced with period appropriate materials. What is not visible is all new electrical wiring and plumbing, as well as new floor joists and underlayment. The kitchen appliances are new 1940's style GE brand. The house received a fresh coat of paint in July of 2018. Note: the old yellow color was not original to the house - it was painted that color in the 1970's. We painted it a heritage cream color with white trim, which is close to the original colors.
The work so far has taken 2 1/2 years to complete. Our next steps are to install a new roof, remove dangerous trees, install fences, sidewalks, new imprinted paver bricks, and install new landscaping to enhance the home. This portion is expected to be complete by the spring of 2019.
For the decor we have placed period antique furniture throughout, as well as period light fixtures in order to provide visitors with an idea of what life was like in the early 1910's. An ornate antique wood stove is placed where the original wood stove was located next to the chimney behind the wall. Note that gas was likely used for lighting originally, but we opted for safer electric lighting.
Ginger Rogers and Lela Rogers memorabilia, photos, lobby cards, movie posters, books, magazines, and even some original items used or worn by Ginger Rogers are on display in the home. Seasonal displays will change periodically. We hope you enjoy your visit!
Buy a Brick - Help Preserve the Ginger House
We have an ongoing campaign to afford people the opportunity to help us restore and maintain the integrity of the property. In exchange for your contribution, a paver brick (or more) engraved with your name, will be placed on the property. Please see our Objectives page or Contribution Page for more information.
Private Tour Groups
Make a reservation for your group of 10 or more to take a private tour of the museum with one of our knowledgeable staff members. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.
Photos from a LIFE Magazine article in 1942 - Ginger sitting on the front porch.
Presentations for Groups Available
We will present the fascinating story of Ginger Rogers' birth at 100 W Moore Street, her mother's accomplishments, and Ginger Rogers' history at your local meeting or event in the greater Kansas City area. Your guests will enjoy hearing this amazing story!
Please visit the presentations page for more information.