Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Moe Resner Donates Items to the Owens-Rogers Museum

Moe Resner with his friend,
Ginger Rogers in the 1960's
A long-time friend of Ginger Rogers, Moe Resner, recently donated several items to the Owens-Rogers Museum in Independence, Missouri. Moe was a stand-up comedian, die-hard Cubs fan (even though he was from the Bronx) and fell in love with Ginger Rogers at age 11.  He met Ginger later in life when he was asked to take a photo of her while she was performing Hello Dolly! on Broadway. The two became fast friends for the next 30 years.

Moe contacted me by phone after finding out about the museum. He told me he had several items he wanted to donate including programs, copies of a fan newsletter, a book he co-wrote called The Chicago Cubs and Moe, and correspondence between him and Ginger.  I've started reading the book, and it is quite entertaining.

Moe threw the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley field on May 25, 2017. and again at Tennessee on April 11 and 12, 2018. At age 87, he could still hit and pitch! Moe was a semi-pro baseball player from 1950 - 1959. He was an assistant manager for the AA Dallas Eagles and a coach for the Kansas City A's. Heck, he may have been in KC at the games I attended as a kid.

Moe produced the film End of an Era, NY Giants Last Day at Polo Grounds 1957.

Moe is a member of the screen actors guild and is a speaker for business and baseball functions.
Here is a link to an article written in April of 2018 about Moe throwing out the first pitch at the Cubs game:

Moe appeared on TCM's 25th Anniversary Presentation before and after Kitty Foyle was aired. He sent us some collectible cards from that event. The video he sent to TCM is a part of this article:

Thanks, Moe, for the wonderful story of your friendship with Ginger and the gifts to the museum for everyone to enjoy!

Items from Moe Resner

Marge Padgitt is the director of the Owens-Rogers Museum and the Local History Preservation Society. Contact her at

Friday, April 26, 2019

New Video of the Museum Project

A description of the restoration of the 1906 Craftsman Bungalow at 100 W Moore Street in Independence, Missouri. This is the house where Hollywood screenwriter Lela Owens-Rogers lived and where famed actress and dancer Ginger Rogers was born. The home has been transformed into a museum dedicated to these two amazing women. The interior restoration has been completed, however, the exterior and landscaping will only be completed after enough funds are raised. This Historic Landmark Property is open to the public.

Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Mother's Day Tea at the Owens-Rogers Museum

The Owens-Rogers Museum at 100 W Moore Street, Independence, Missouri, is where Lela Rogers lived and is the birthplace of famed actress, singer, and dancer Ginger Rogers. The Museum opened to the public for its first full season on April 3, 2019.

A Mother’s Day Tea will be held on May 11 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the museum. Tea, coffee, and desserts will be served, and participants may take a tour of the museum and have their photo taken with their own camera in front of the house just like Lela and Ginger did in 1964. Staff will be on hand to help with photos. Tickets are $15 each and must be purchased in advance.

Lela and Ginger Rogers
Marge and Gene Padgitt, of Independence, Missouri purchased the property in February of 2016 and began the restoration process, which was quite extensive. Marge Padgitt is a Ginger Rogers fan and wanted to save the house for the public to enjoy. Gene Padgitt was the general contractor for the project. The interior has been restored to as close to original as possible with the addition of museum displays which include photos, posters, clothing, memorabilia, Ginger’s family history, and items that both Lela and Ginger owned. The featured display is the gown the Ginger Rogers wore to the 1967 Academy Awards.  

The home was designated as an Historic Landmark Property by the City of Independence in 1994 when Ginger Rogers visited for her birthday celebration. Mayor Ron Stewart affixed the plaque to the home at that time.
The Owens-Rogers Museum
Audrey Elder, author of “Guide to Selling Historic Properties for Real Estate Agents” and 29 historic property books including “100 W Moore Street,” is the manager for The Ginger House Museum. After recently leaving a twelve-year career in real estate, Audrey now teaches continued education about working with historic properties for realtors in Missouri and Kansas, as well as training presentations specific to historic preservation and sustainable community building in historic districts. Audrey served three years on the City of Independence Missouri Heritage Commission, and is a member of many local historic societies.
Regular museum hours are 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Wednesday and Saturday from April 1 to September 30. The museum is open to private group tours by appointment year-round.  Ticket prices are $8 for ages 13 and up; $6 for seniors on Wednesday; and $5 for children aged 5 – 12. The Ginger House Museum hosts special events such as  Ginger’s birthday celebration in July. The museum has several items for sale including books written by Ginger Rogers, postcards, and milk bottles from her Oregon ranch. 
For more information visit 
or call 816-833-1602. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dancing House/ Fred and Ginger House

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Ginger’s legacy lives on in her many movies while the simple mention of dancing duos immediately congers a vision of her and Fred Astaire which to this very day remains the most iconic dance partnership of film. It is that same legacy that lives on in it’s very own iconic physical structure~ The Dancing House or Fred and Ginger House.

Officially the Nationale -Nederlanden building in Prague, this incredibly unique
structure built in 1996 by Frank Gehry, Eva Jiricna and Vlado Milunic created
the appearance of a man and woman dancing-, Fred the stone portion of the
building and Ginger the bending glass. Dancing House is specifically
symbolic to the people of the Czech Republic. It is built atop the sight of a
home that was bombed during WWII and especially represents
Czechoslovakia’s transition from communism to democracy after the
Velvet Revolution.

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Dancing House has “21 hotel rooms, a cafe and panoramic terrace”. So
if you ever make it to Prague you can stay at the Dancing House and
give it a whirl on the terrace!

An extra thank you to our museum guest who informed us of this
lovely connection to Ginger.

-Audrey L Elder

Manager~The Owens-Rogers Museum

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Owens-Rogers Museum to Open April 3

100 W Moore Street, Independence, Missouri 64050


The Owens-Rogers Museum at 100 W Moore Street in Independence, Missouri will open for the season on April 3, 2019. The 1906 Craftsman Bungalow is the site where famed actress and dancer Ginger Rogers was born in 1911.

Independence, Missouri, March 25, 2019

The Owens-Rogers Museum is owned by Marge and Gene Padgitt of Three Trails Cottages, LLC. They worked to restore the home for over two years before opening it to the public in August of 2018. The home has been transformed into a museum dedicated to Lela Owens-Rogers and her daughter, Ginger Rogers.

Lela Owens-Rogers was a Vaudeville scriptwriter, newspaper reporter, and a Hollywood screenwriter. Her daughter, Ginger, became one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood. Ginger Rogers made 73 films and appeared in dozens of radio shows and theatrical productions.

Displays include memorabilia, posters, dolls, signed items, Ginger’s family tree, and authentic gowns and other items that Ginger Rogers owned and wore. Guests may listen to a radio broadcast with Ginger Rogers and Bob Hope.

The Museum is open Wednesday – Friday from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. From April through September. Private groups of 10 or more must make arrangements in advance.
Tickets are $8 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 5 – 12.  Free for children under age 5. 

The Owens-Rogers Museum offers a 60-minute in-depth pre-tour presentation for groups at their group meeting site in the greater Kansas City area.


Contact museum director Marge Padgitt at 816-833-1602 or email for more information. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Owens-Rogers Museum Name Change

The Ginger House Museum name has been changed to the Owens-Rogers Museum to better reflect the subjects.

Lela Owens-Rogers was a Vaudeville scriptwriter, newspaper reporter, and later a Hollywood screenwriter and instructor at RKO studios, a producer, and manager for her daughter, Ginger Rogers. She gave birth to Ginger Rogers in this home.

Lela Rogers played Ginger Rogers' mother in movie The Major and the minor.

Ginger was a Vaudeville and Broadway sensation and Hollywood film star and the highest paid actress in Hollywood in the early 1940's.

Visitors will find information about both of these amazing women and their family history in the museum located at 100 W Moore Street, Independence, MO 64050.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Year 1911- Fashion

While watching Ginger’s movies it’s hard to believe that they were filmed so long ago. Even harder to imagine is that she was born over 100 years ago! So exactly how different was 1911 compared to today? Let’s take a look at 1911 fashion:

1911 Outfit at Ginger House Museum
Welcome to the end of the Edwardian Era. High waste, long heavy skirts and shirtwaist blouses and high waste dresses were all the rage in 1911.  Women’s clothing was embellished with fur, ruffles and buttons. Lots of buttons. High heal shoes and boots, again with lots of buttons covered women’s feet, long gloves covered hands and large wide hats adorned with flowers, feathers, tulle and bows covered heads. Essentially covered from top to bottom, before you decide to try on this outfit you might want to wait for a mighty cool day.

Did you know?
The feather hat was so popular that the Egret and other birds nearly went extinct. This was a large motivator in Congress approving the Migratory Bird Act on March 4th, 1913

The “Gibson Girl” look was ideal for this year in hair. This style rolled hair up with a bun on top, often with a slight amount of intentional messiness. Hair let down a bit would be adorned with a wide headband. Other accessories often found in a woman’s dressing room would have included a corset, petticoat, stockings, fans and parasols.

Dark colored wool “sack suits” were at the top of men’s shopping list. The term “sack” refers to the loose or bagginess of the suits. Under the suit men wore button up wing collared shirts commonly with a bow tie, though long ties were also acceptable fashion. Like women’s shoes, men’s had a bit of a heal and (though not all) yes again….buttons!  Leather gloves and derby or bowler hats finished up the outfit. Below the hat- a mustache, often long, thick and sometimes curled at the ends.

What would baby Ginger have worn? Well, just like her male baby counterparts- a gown. Both baby girls and boys of this era wore gowns and had long hair into their toddler years.

Did you know?
The first waterproof diaper cover “The Boater” was invented by Marion Donovan in 1946. The modern disposable diaper didn’t hit the scene until the 1960’s.

Americans made an average of $750 per year ($62.50 per month) from 1900-1919. In 1911 a six-room home rented for between $16 & $25 per month, a woman’s dress cost nearly $6 while a man’s suit cost up to $20. Obviously not everyone could afford high fashion and what fashion could be afforded was kept to a minimum for the average American. Jobs for women and minorities were much less available, paid significantly less per hour and were often riddled with unfair labor practices. In sad irony, the popular shirtwaist style blouse was also the name of a factory struck by tragedy that eventually improved some safety standards for future workers. The New York City Triangle Shirtwaist Factory caught on fire on March 25th, 1911. The fire killed 123 women and 23 men, most due to exits and doors being locked to prevent workers from stealing.

Independence had only a few clothing stores in 1911 (City Index photo above). Although it is quite possible that Lela may have purchased some clothing items for both she and Virginia (Ginger) it is more likely that she made most of their clothing. Lela was a skilled seamstress and would have needed nothing more than some fabric, a pattern and thread.