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

    What i thought was important was the smithsonian reached its crowd funding goal to preserve the ruby slipers. Another important thing was Smithsonian held the presevation. The last important thing was he entire costume would be temorarliy shown. What i found interesting was Shaw brought his slipers were ever he went. Another interesting thing was themovie was made in 1939. One question i had was Why did they want te ruby slipers in the mesuem.

  • ky'rac-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 12:59 p.m.


    -The slippers had cost $300.000 dollars because thats how much money it was bought for

    -There were also 4 pairs of ruby red slippers

    -The money that was made was made by the smithsonian crowd-funding fundraiser

    I found that someone stealing the shoes was interesting because whoever stole them must had to know what the pairs pinpoint location was and,how much they cost to be sold.I also found that the museum exhibit will not be opening until 2018. That was another interesting fact to me.

    My only question about the article is who stole the ruby red slippers from shaw in 2005 and why did they steal them.

    I believe that Wizards of OZ was ONE of the best movies made but, it does fall under the belt for a couple other of my favorite movies. I think the reason for the movie developers to make 4 pairs of the ruby shoes is because the sequence on the ruby shoes would either fall of or they being to rough with the shoes.It was lucky for the museum to be able to have such great shoes from a great movie desplayed in their museum. If I was the one owners or employee of the museum I would be proud to have it in the museum.

  • jackh-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:00 p.m.

    Important Facts

    -The slippers cost $300,000
    -The museum that has the slippers will open in 2018
    -there are four pairs of slippers

    Interesting Facts

    -One person named Micheal Shaw had the slippers and they got stolen
    -The scarecrows hat costs $85,000

    - The question that I have is: Why is the slippers so important, besides the fact that their made of ruby?

  • aidang-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:00 p.m.

    I think it was important that it said how they were changing the display case so the slippers would last longer.Also they mentioned there four pairs of slippers,but only talked about two pairs.I thought it was interesting that the slippers were not made to last but they were made in 1939 and are still in good shape.I'm just wondering were the other two pairs are?

  • adamb1-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:00 p.m.

    The most 3 important facts I Found in the story was

    1.) The ruby went missing ,and was never found again.

    2.) Shaw took his slippers around the country ,and displaying him. He also used them to raise charity.

    3.)How it gave everybody a shock of how it shines.

    2 things that I thought were interesting was

    1.) The national got 300,000 dollars in one week ,and will get another 85,000

    2.) 300,000 dollars from the national museum donated to the scientific research

    One question I had was

    1.) Will they ever make another "Wizard Of Oz" movie?

  • raelal-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:00 p.m.

    The slippers and scarecrow costume were preserved to bittersweet at least e super-fan of the movie."The museum staff will assess what needs to be done to preserve."Michael Shaw owned another pair of slippers.Some things I found interesting were that the movie's slippers were auctioned off.Also,that they were donated to the museum 9 years later.A question I still have about the article is when did the museum staff decide to display the scarecrow costume in the museum?

  • aidang-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:03 p.m.

    I don't know why?

  • isabellal-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:03 p.m.

    Some facts are that the slippers were deteriorated by exposure to sun light and moisture.The slippers were bought at an auction in 1970 and donated to the museum in 1979.The slippers that Michael Shaw had were stolen and not to be found.Some things that I found interesting were that Shaw was nice enough to bring his slippers around the country for people to see and that the museum was using the money that got donated to get more beloved things from the movie.But,I have one question,what is the scarecrow costume made of and why is it so delecate to put on display?

  • madisong-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:05 p.m.

    important facts:

    -the slippers are $300,000

    -Micheal's pair of slippers were stolen in 2005

    -they will seek another $85,000,that money will be used to care for a scarecrow costume

    list 2 things you found interesting from the text:they scheduled that the exhibit will open in 2018
    -the slippers are amoung four pairs made for the 1939 movie

    list 1 question you still have after reading:would someone else want to buy them besides micheal shaw?

  • trevora-hyl
    11/09/2016 - 01:30 p.m.

    I love how you wrote this article

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