Smithsonian Launches Kickstarter Campaign For Ruby Slippers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian officials are starting a fundraising campaign to repair and preserve Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Media outlets report that officials launched Monday a Kickstarter campaign of $300,000 to repair the slippers. The famous shoes were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studio prop department and are currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The fundraising effort has been named “#KeepThemRuby.” The campaign offers a wide range of awards for donors, like posters, t-shirts and tote bags for smaller amounts, and video tours and parties for larger gifts.

Curators and conservators are working to understand how to best display the slippers in a new exhibition, tentatively titled “On With the Show,” expected to open in 2018.

Donation can be made on the exhibit’s conservation Kickstarter page.

(Copyright 2016 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. Mr. Mister says:

    Hers an article about the slippers.

    Why did MGM make more than one pair of ruby slippers for Judy Garland?

    It took 6 months for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) to film The Wizard of Oz, and like any costume the ruby slippers were at risk for wear and tear when worn on a daily basis. Therefore the wardrobe department at MGM made several pairs of ruby slippers to be used in filming, rather than relying on a single pair to save valuable time.

    Keep them the way they are and save 300 K

  2. Anne O'Shea says:

    300K really? for shoes made in a prop department. Looks like plain shoes with sequins glued on
    them. Make a new pair, display the original ones next to them and call it a day.

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