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Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha

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3.6/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska marks the location of the house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue where U.S. President Gerald R. Ford lived for a couple of weeks after his birth in July 1913. It was the home of his paternal grandparents, Charles Henry and Martha King.HistoryThe King house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue was located on the border of the Hanscom Park and Field Club neighborhoods of Midtown Omaha. A three-story, fourteen-room Victorian mansion, it was razed after a 1971 fire caused substantial damage.Omaha businessman James M. Paxson, who lived in the neighborhood, purchased the vacant lot for $17,250 after Ford became president in 1974, and planned for it to be used as a memorial. Although Paxson donated the site to the city, officials said they couldn't afford to build a memorial. Paxson then set up the Paxson Foundation to fund the memorial and associated gardens. The site includes a portico evoking the north side of the White House and a pagoda resembling a portion of the original home.Memorial and conservation centerThe memorial was dedicated in 1977. Ford partnered with Paxson on some fundraising. The former president returned in 1980 for the dedication of a rose garden in honor of Betty Ford. An exhibit kiosk contains information about Ford.Adjoining the site is the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, a regional center of the Nebraska State Historical Society founded in 1995. It provides conservation services for historic and artistic works. The Center also contains a small exhibit of Ford memorabilia. Both conservation and exhibit are available by appointment only.
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  • Gerald Ford is the only American President who was born in Nebraska, specifically in the city of Omaha. His birth House already, however, in its place is a Memorial and garden of roses, that have the personality of Gerald Ford. In the gazebo is also housed an exhibition of photographs from the life of Gerald Ford. Garden then decorate his bust and a bust of his wife.
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  • Infact there were no people giving birth there. No videos of births. One lady looked really really pregnant, but after only 15 minutes of intently watching her I was asked to leave. Took a little lear...  read more »
  • It was cool to learn some history about our states only born president. The garden and site are beautiful and the different presidential informations was cool! 
  • Lovely little historical gem in the heart of Omaha! (Also a tip for all you Pokemon Hunters; there are two Pokestops here, as well as several right across the street at Hanscom Park!) Take some time to learn about our nation's 38th President while enjoying one of Omaha's beautiful historic neighborhoods.
  • When the flowers are in bloom, this place is amazing! Tons of space, great place to relax or picnic. Not far from downtown.
  • Beautiful landscape and interesting facts. the president's memorials are up to date which I was impressed at.
  • Not a lot to see here, but nice that this presidential birthsite has been transformed into a garden and monument.
  • My old Address
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