Money rolls in to res­cue Smith­so­nian’s ruby red slip­pers

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

WASH­ING­TON » Peo­ple are pledg­ing lots of green to re­store a pair of fa­mous red slip­pers.

On Mon­day, the Smith­so­nian launched a Kick­starter cam­paign to raise $300,000 to pre­serve its pair of the ruby slip­pers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of “The Wizard of Oz.” By the week­end, the cam­paign had al­ready raised $239,000. More than 4,390 peo­ple had backed the pro­ject.

The slip­pers have been one of the most beloved items at the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of Amer­i­can His­tory for more than 30 years. They were crafted al­most 80 years ago by the MGM Stu­dios prop depart­ment. Like most movie props, they weren’t built to last. The Smith­so­nian wants to use the money to­ward a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced dis­play case that will pre­serve them for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Prince per­forms at the Bill­board Mu­sic Awards at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena in Las Vegas in 2013.

The se­quin-cov­ered ruby slip­pers worn by Judy Gar­land in “The Wizard of Oz” at the of­fices of Pro­files in His­tory in Cal­abasas, Calif.

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