Smithsonian saves Dorothy's ruby slippers
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)
  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:38 p.m.

    why were 4 pairs made for the movie

  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:40 p.m.

    why is it bad for the shoes to be exposed to ,to much light and moisture

  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:41 p.m.

    why are they putting the scarecrow costume temporarily

  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:42 p.m.

    who stole the ruby slippers in 2005

  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:43 p.m.

    How come they needed to raise $300,000 to preserve the ruby slippers

  • katep-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:44 p.m.

    one of the slippers could have been broken or stolen! so they should have backup pairs.
    1.made four pairs but smith. only has one pair.
    2. will only put scarecrow hat on permanent display.
    3. shaws slippers were stolen!

    1.the slippers would not last that long.
    2.smith. used all that money two get only one pair.

    1.what does deteriorated mean?

  • dylanb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:46 p.m.

    Why did they do ruby slippers in the Wizard of Oz movie if in the book it wasn't ruby slippers it was silver sippers instead

  • stephenc-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:47 p.m.

    One of the four pairs of slippers could of broke of stolen
    1. The movie came out in 1938
    There are for pairs of slippers in the movie
    They saved the slippers from 1938

    A museum has the slippers
    They bin in the museum since 1979

    How did they get the slippers to the museum?

  • aliyat-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:54 p.m.

    Somethings I found important are Shaw misses his slippers a lot.Shaw used his slippers to raise money for charity.The red slippers are really fragile. Somethings I found interesting are the ruby slippers are valuble also I found intresting that how much Shaw misses his slippers.How much do the red ruby slippers cost?

  • alyssao-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:56 p.m.

    Michael Shawl really missed the slippers he had lost.

    Shawl helped charity's with his slippers.

    Shawls first pare of slippers was stolen.

    Someone called Humphrey Bogart wore a hat and a trench coat in the movie.

    Shawls goal was that the Smithsonian was going to be doing a preservation.

    Was the slippers actually made of ruby.

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