Smithsonian saves Dorothy's ruby slippers In this April 11, 2012, file photo, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, from the "Wizard of Oz" are on display as part of a new exhibit, "American Stories," at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin/Reed Saxon, File)
Smithsonian saves Dorothy's ruby slippers
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The Smithsonian has reached its crowd-funding goal to preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." Now the museum in Washington is asking for more money. The funds would be used to save another item from the beloved movie.
 
The National Museum of American History has announced that it has extended the Kickstarter campaign. It brought in $300,000 in one week to maintain the ruby slippers. Now the museum will seek another $85,000. The money will be used to care for and display a Scarecrow costume. It was worn by actor Ray Bolger. It was donated to the museum by his widow, Gwendolyn Bolger. That was in 1987.
 
If the campaign is successful, the museum will place the Scarecrow's hat alongside the slippers. They would be part of a new pop-culture exhibit. It is scheduled to open in 2018. The entire costume would be shown temporarily. But it is too delicate to go on permanent display.
 
The slippers are among four pairs made for the 1939 movie that are known to exist. They are among the most popular items in the museum's collection. They were sold at auction in 1970 and donated to the museum in 1979. They have been on near-permanent display ever since. The slippers were not built to last. The sequin-covered shoes have deteriorated from exposure to light and moisture.  Most of the $300,000 will go toward scientific research on how best to construct a new display case that will better protect them.
 
The efforts involving the Scarecrow costume will be similar. The museum staff will assess what needs to be done to preserve. Then they will treat the costume and prepare it for display.
 
News of the efforts to preserve the slippers and costume was bittersweet to at least one super-fan of the movie. He is Michael Shaw, a Los Angeles-based drama coach. He owned another pair of slippers. Shaw's pair was stolen in 2005. The slippers went missing while on loan to the Judy Garland Museum. It is in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The slippers never have been found.
 
"Every time I hear anything about the ruby slippers, I get nauseous. Because I keep thinking about mine," Shaw, 80, told The Associated Press by phone.
 
Shaw used to take his slippers around the country and display them. He also used them to raise money for charity. When not on display, they were kept in a safety-deposit box. He said he believes they were in better shape than the Smithsonian's pair. Shaw's trove of movie memorabilia also includes a hat and trench coat. They were worn by Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca."
 
"I'm very happy that the Smithsonian is going to be doing this preservation.  Because that was my goal for years - to save, preserve and to put a lot of these things on display," Shaw said.

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COMMENTS (55)
  • laureng-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:05 a.m.

    Three important facts are , they will be displayed in 2018,they will use the money to preserve the shoes,and the movie was made in 1939.Two interesting facts about this article is 4 pairs of shoes for the movie and Michael Shawl was a big super fan of the movie.One question i have about this article is how much money were the shoes at auction?

  • jadend-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:06 a.m.

    1. that the shoes were stolen.

    2. that there are four pairs of the slippers

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    1.why are the shoes so expensive?

  • ranias-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:09 a.m.

    1)The museum got $300,000 to maintain the slippers.
    2)The slippers were sold an auction in 1970.
    3)The slippers were donated to the museum at 1979.

    1)Shaw used to take his slippers around the country!
    2)The slippers were worn by Humphery Bogart!

    1)How on earth do people pronounce Smithsonian?




  • kennethv-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:11 a.m.

    1 Where are Shaw's slippers?
    2 The slippers are the most popular in the movie collection
    They still have the slippers even though it's made in
    1939
    3 Ray badger wore a scarecrow costume
    The slippers are most popular in the movie collection
    The slippers are deteriorated to light and moisture

  • haydenp-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:12 a.m.

    1.List 3 important facts from the text:
    -the national museum extended the kickstarter campaign
    -because the campaign was successful, they will have the scarecrow hat next to ruby slippers
    -the $300,000 from the campaign will go to a research project that will find a new display case for better protection
    2.List 2 things you found interesting from the text:
    -there were only 4 pairs shoes made for the movie
    -the original version was made in 1939
    3.List 1 question you still have after reading:
    -Did Micheal Shaw get his shoes that were stolen back?

  • noahc-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:13 a.m.

    3-List 3 facts from the text:

    1.The Smithonian has reached its crowd funding goals to preserve the ruby slippers.

    2.The movie was made in 1939.

    3.They are making a new exhibit for the "Wizard of Oz"in 2018.

    2-List 2 things you found interesting from the text:

    1.The movie was made in 1939.

    2.There were four pairs of the slippers.

    1-List one question you still have after reading:

    1.What do they mean by wanting to preserve the ruby slippers?

  • briannac-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:17 a.m.

    Dorothy's ruby slippers are old and need to be fixed.They will open in 2018.Michael shaw's ruby slippers are missing.I thought was interesting they earned $300,00 in a week.Another interesting text was shaw's ruby slippers are still missing from 2005.I wonder what will happen in the future?

  • oliviaz-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:27 a.m.

    the important facts are,the wizard of oz came out in 1939,Shaw's pair was stolen in 2005,Shaw used them for dissplay and to raise money for charity,two thing I thought was interesting are, I thought there was only one pair of slippers and Shaw's pair of slippers went missing when they were on a loan to a meausem. A guestion i still have is why doesn't the meausam have the shoes on dissplay permanently?

  • franklinh-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 10:28 a.m.

    Title:Smithsonian saves Dorthy's Ruby Slipper

    List 3 important facts from the text
    1) The ruby slippers were bought for $300,000

    2) $85,000 was used to care for the display of the scarecrow costume.

    3) The movie Wizard of oz came out in 1939

    List 2 things you found interesting from the text.
    1)There were 4 pairs of ruby slippers

    2)The other pair of ruby slippers never been found.

    List 1 question you still have after reading.

    1)I do not have a question.

    By Franklin Han
    :D!

  • briannac-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 11:38 a.m.

    Dorothy's ruby slippers are old and need to be fixed.They will open in 2018.Michael shaw's ruby slippers are still missing.I thought was interesting they earned $300,00 in a week. Another interesting text was shaw's ruby slippers are still missing from 2005.I wonder what will happen in the future?

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