Press Release

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. No tickets at the door. Must order in advance by July 11. 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.  Or purchase on site. 

Private Tour of the Ginger House: Sunday, July 15  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (not included in festival ticket) $6.00 each Open to the public. 

Purchase a Brick and we'll put your name on it. Bricks will be placed in the sidewalks when exterior renovations are completed in late 2018 or Spring 2019.  See this page for more information $50.00

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  1-800-290-0559

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

Presentations on Saturday at the Truman Library:
(In order - 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 Birthday Celebration on July 16, 1994. This event would be one of her last public appearances. Tom will share his experience and show the video. You'll also enjoy seeing the car that Ginger used to own. 

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.

The Renovation of the Ginger House: Gene Padgitt. licensed contractor with HearthMasters, Inc. will describe the work that was completed in order to restore this 1906 Craftsman Bungalow to safe condition and original appearance. Historic house buffs will enjoy this talk.


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).  

A Surprise Audio Recording: We can't tell you what it is - but you'll like listening to this one!  Hint: it is appropriate for the site where we are having the presentations.

Marge Padgitt: 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 Ginger Rogers Festival

A Fundraiser for the Ginger House Museum

July 13-15, 2018

Independence, Missouri

- Birthplace of ginger rogers -

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

She visited the house several times, including 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. The museum should be completed in 2018, pending exterior restoration approval by the city, and adequate funds to complete the project. 

Multiple events over three days

Two events are open to the general public: Film showings on Friday and tours of the museum on Saturday

  • 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. Open to the public. If registered for the festival, pick up your registration packet here. 


  • 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. Go in the EAST door of the Library (not the front door).

        10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Tour the Truman Museum (it takes about two hours)
        11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Join us for a box lunch in the Whistlestop meeting room (Pick up your registration packet here if you 
        didn't do so on 
        12:30 - 4:00 Join us in the Whistlestop meeting room for presentations (see details below)  

​​        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 original   

        paintings by local artists, books, photos, early 1900s clothing, and even some items that were owned by Ginger Rogers! (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  for festival ticket holders:  Private tour of 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.  This is the first time the museum will be viewed. 


  • Sunday: Tour the House Where Ginger Rogers was Born - (non festival ticket holders - open to the public) Take a preview 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 for $6.00 ea ($5 for seniors over 65) at the door) Open to the public. 

Local Accommodations

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.