- AN Historical Destination -

Fancy Feet Doll

by Linda Lee Sutton

Local Accommodations:

Presentations on Saturday:
(subject to change without notice)

Video of Ginger Rogers: 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. www.Past2PresentResearch.com

The Renovation of the Ginger House: Gene Padgitt. licensed contractor with HearthMasters, Inc. will describe the work that was completed in order to restore the house to safe condition and original appearance. www.chimkc.com


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

The Fancy Feet Doll: Famous doll maker Linda Lee Sutton will discuss how she befriended Ginger Rogers and made a one-of-a kind doll in her likeness. Two dolls will be available for sale at this event or reserve yours early (doll page).  

The Ginger Rogers Day Festival

Ghost Hunt

Bed and Breakfasts:

​Silver Heart 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



Woodstock 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

This is the Third Ginger Rogers Day Festival in Independence, Missouri. The first was held in 1964 at the suggestion of President Harry Truman, and the second was held in 1994 which was set up by Marilyn Stewart and Mayor Ron Stewart. 

Auction Donations: 

We are accepting gift baskets, gift cards, antiques, or other items

To donate an item to the auction, send the item  to The Ginger House Museum, through the non-profit Local History Preservation Society, to Marge Padgitt,
​1134 S Pearl Street, Independence, MO 64050
Please be sure to include your name, phone number, city, and email address with the item(s), or contact Marge at  800-290-0559

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


Festival Ticket

House Tour 


A Private Fundraiser for the Ginger House Museum

​​July 13-15, 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 in 1964 when she visited President Truman at the Truman Library, and Ginger Rogers Day hosted by the City of Independence in July of 1994. The house was designated as 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 Polly's Pop - they are making a special Ginger Pop in honor of Ginger Rogers!

  • Friday, July 13: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm: See two Ginger Rogers films on a 12' screen!  At the Truman Memorial Building at 416 W Maple Avenue, Independence, MO 64050 off the Independence Square. $5.00 donation suggested at the door. 
  • Spirit Research at the Ginger House with KC Paranormal 8 pm - 10 pm. We've had some unexplained activity at the house and KC Paranormal will explain what has been going on and try to contact resident spirits. (Seperate ticket)


  • Saturday, July 14: ​Presentations (included in your festival ticket)- Find out about the house, Ginger, and her amazing mother, Lela! Held at the Truman Library and Museum, located near the Ginger House at 500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050. A ticket to the Truman Library and Museum  is included in your festival ticket. Park in front and go in the front door of the Library.

        9:00 - 11:30 Tour the Truman Museum
        11:30 - 12:30 Join us for a box lunch in the foyer of the Whistlestop meeting room

        12:30 - 4:30 Join us in the Whistlestop meeting room for presentations
        (Included in your festival ticket)

  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Fundraising Banquet and Silent Auction - Join us for a banquet and silent auction July 14 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) Held at the Truman Memorial Building off the Independence Square.  (Ticket holders only)​


  • Sunday: Ginger Rogers Fan Club Meeting - all fan clubs and Facebook groups welcome! Tour the house, and we'll share our personal stories about how much we like Ginger Rogers! At the Ginger House at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm.  (Ticket holders only)


  • Sunday: Tour the House Where Ginger Rogers was Born - 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!  Open ​1:00 p.m. - 5:00 pm (Included in festival ticket or available as a separate ticket)

Fundraising Banquet 
July 14

Location- Truman Memorial Building

6:00 = 7:00 pm Silent Auction. Bid on multiple items owned by Ginger Rogers, memorebilia, gift baskets, and much, more! 

7:00 pm - 9:00 Dinner and Keynote Speaker: Enjoy a buffet dinner and dessert with Ginger Ale and Ginger Tea, of course!

 Presentations over dinner, including our keynote speaker Roberta Olden, who was Ginger Rogers' assistant!
​9:00 Pick up and pay for your auction items. 

Keynote Speaker at the Banquet on Saturday: 
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. 

Festival Ticket: Your ticket includes admission to the Truman Library Museum on Saturday morning, Saturday presentations, box lunch on Saturday,  the Saturday night banquet, silent auction admission,  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. No tickets at the door. Must order in advance by July 1. All proceeds go to the museum. $95.00 each Note: Only 75 tickets available so order early!

Museum/Festival T-Shirt:Available in sizes small - 3XL. $26.00 each. Your shirt and poster will be at the Truman Library presentations when you arrive to check in. All proceeds go to the museum. Must order by June 14. (Note: Your shirt will be mailed two weeks after the festival is over)

Friday the 13th Spirit Investigation Ticket:  Believe it or not, we've experienced some paranormal activity at the house, so we're planning a late night ghost hunt from 8 pm - 10 pm with a professional paranormal investigation group - KC Paranormal. If you'd like to participate, purchase a Ghost Hunt ticket.  Bring your own small equipment and camera if you'd like. $50.00 pp.  Proceeds go to the museum. Maximum 10 participants. Must register in advance. Only 12 spots available. If more people wish to attend we may add a night.

Private Tour of the Ginger Roger's House: Sunday, July 15 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Only purchase separately if you are NOT attending the festival - this is included in the festival ticket) $6.00 each Open to the public.

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