Special Events at the owens-rogers museum


July 18: Hollywood Happy Hour

 Join us for an evening of 40's-50's Hollywood era fun! Tour the Owens-Rogers Museum to see the wonderful unique displays about Hollywood screenwriter Lela Rogers and her daughter Hollywood star Ginger Rogers, and see a special display about Kansas City native Jean Harlow and a gown worn by Joan Fontaine!  When you leave, you'll get a special birthday cupcake to take home. 

Then head over to the Mallinson Winery for a cocktail party and Red and Ginger Sangria, and see a 30- minute presentation about Ginger Rogers by the museum owner, Marge Padgitt, and see special displays showing celebrities from Kansas City. Get your name on our Hollywood Walk of Fame. Order tickets by  July 14rd and see your name on a Hollywood Star at the Mallinson Winery! 


For those coming to the Hollywood Happy Hour: Dress up like Ginger did in the 1940's or 1950's and enter the contest for the best Ginger look-alike. The winner will receive some nice prizes!  Held at the Mallinson Winery. 

Over 21 only, please.

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Owens-Rogers Museum
100 W Moore Street, Independence, MO 64050

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Mallinson Vineyard and Hall

Presentation and cocktail party
3029 N. River Blvd Sugar Creek MO 64050

$25 per person 

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Ginger Rogers Birthday Celebration

Month of July: Ginger Rogers' Birthday Celebration


Step back in time and hear about Ginger Rogers' visits to Independence in 1964 and 1994 when Independence declared "Ginger Rogers Day" and President Harry Truman presented the Key to the City to Ginger. We'll have newspaper articles and photos on display in the museum from both of these events. Ginger's Birthday was on July 16, 1911.

Wednesdays and Saturdays in July, 2019

10am - 3pm

Owens-Rogers Museum

100 W Moore Street, Independence, MO 

Regular Admission: $8.00

Bring non-perishable food for the Salvation Army and get 1/2 off the admission price

Pay at the door


Photo: President Truman with Ginger Rogers (right) and Lela Rogers (far right) in 1964

Credit: From the Roberta Olden Ginger Collection

See more photos of this event on display in the Museum

Hear the audio with Presdent Truman and Lela and Ginger Rogers!