Published: October 25, 2016
WASHINGTON,D.C. — It took just seven days for nostalgia fans of “The Wizard of Oz” to raise more than $300,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to restore Dorothy’s iconic slippers to their ruby red glory.
The US Smithsonian’s Museum of American History, which owns the slippers, said on October 24 that its Kickstarter campaign had gone “over the rainbow.”
In an eblast, the institution said, “Thanks to your amazing support, we’ve already reached our Kickstarter goal and will be able to keep the Ruby Slippers safe and on display for new generations of museum visitors! Auntie Em would be so proud!”
It added that it would now stretch its goal to raise another $85,000 to conserve and display the Scarecrow costume and add the Scarecrow’s hat to the Ruby Slippers on long-term display. “We’ll also be able to put the full costume worn by Ray Bolger on display for a limited time as part of the museum’s 2018 popular culture exhibition. While the Scarecrow costume does not require the same level of conservation or display criteria as the slippers, we still must do a full assessment of conservation needs, treat the costume based on that research and prepare it for display,” said the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian is thus soliciting additional contributions here.
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