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Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha

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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. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/fordcenter/index.shtml
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  • To be clear, President Ford didn't call Omaha home. (Michigan gets the honors.) An interesting site for Presidential history buffs. There are superior gardens in town.  more »
  • Not a great deal to see, so unless you have been everywhere else in Omaha, so don't be sad if you don't visit. The original house burnt down so there is a small kiosk with a few pieces of memorabilia ...  more »
  • A beautiful garden now sits on this site where the house once stood. There is a model of the original house along with a fountain with columns. A wonderful place for wedding pictures or engagement pho...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful landscape and interesting facts. the president's memorials are up to date which I was impressed at.
  • When the flowers are in bloom, this place is amazing! Tons of space, great place to relax or picnic. Not far from downtown.
  • Not a lot to see here, but nice that this presidential birthsite has been transformed into a garden and monument.
  • My old Address