Smithsonian Seeks $300,000 to Save Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers


Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are in their eighth decade and in need of repair.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

They are just a pair of shoes, but what a pair of shoes.

Possibly the most famous footwear in America, a pair of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” are showing their age.

So the Smithsonian Institution, home to the slippers for nearly 40 years, is raising money to save them at an eye-catching cost of $300,000.

The money is being raised through a Kickstarter campaign, the online technique the Smithsonian has begun to use to expand its private fund-raising for…

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