Smithsonian launches campaign to save Dorothy's ruby slippers

The Smithsonian Institution has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help raise money to repair and preserve Dorothy's iconic ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.

The nearly 80-year-old shoes are on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, but curators are pushing to restore the shoes, made famous by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic film.

Officials are working to raise $300,000 to repair and conserve the slippers that were crafted almost 80 years ago. The effort, #KeepThemRuby, will repair the leather, sequined and glass-beaded slippers, made by the MGM Studio prop department.

If the funding goal is not met, the Ruby Slippers, will remain safeguarded in their present condition. But officials want to be able to restore the shoes to preserve them for future generations.

The Kickstarter will be live for just 30 days and they've raised more than $75,000. If you donate $7,000 or more to the effort, you can get your very own replica ruby slippers!

However, you can receive other gifts like posters, t-shirts and tote bags created by Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long for smaller donations.

 


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