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Smithsonian using Kickstarter to save Dorothy’s ruby slippers

Even famous shoes need upkeep.


Audra Schroeder


If the Smithsonian taps its heels together three times, will it be able to save Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz?

The famous shoes, which have been at the Smithsonian for close to 40 years, are in need of some major repair, and now the museum is attempting to raise $300,000 via Kickstarter to save them. 

Using the hashtag #KeepThemRuby, the museum is trying to raise awareness about this piece of pop-culture history. According to the Kickstarter, “They need immediate conservation care and a new, state-of-the-art display case, in order to slow their deterioration and protect them from environmental harm.” 

The Smithsonian first used Kickstarter last year to conserve Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit at the National Air and Space Museum. 

So far, the ruby slipper project has raised more than $194,000. 

H/T New York Times 

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