Trending News: Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Dorothy's Slippers

By Raymond Valledor, Posted: 10/19/16 07:40AM EDT
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The Smithsonian Institute has started a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve the slippers that Judy Garland wore on "The Wizard of Oz."(Photo : Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for The V&A)

It's not only the Wizard of Oz who can grant people wishes but every individual who liked the movie and knows how important the ruby red slippers are to help Dorothy in her current quest.

According to The Christian Science Monitor, the Smithsonian Institute has started a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve the slippers that Dorothy used to go back home to Kansas. In the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," Judy Garland wore the red slippers that enabled her character Dorothy to leave the Land of Oz and return to Kansas by clicking her heels while she said, "There's no place like home. . ."

Unfortunately, the Smithsonian has told reporters that the original slippers are deteriorating despite it being locked in a glass case and only available for display. The museum said that most movie props back in the day were made out of cheap material because movie studios only needed them for a short amount of time.

But since the success of the film, Dorothy's slippers have joined the rest of Hollywood's famous memorabilia and the Smithsonian intends to keep those props in tiptop shape for years to come.

Not only is the Smithsonian going to preserve the shoes by fixing the materials in it but they also plan on encasing Dorothy's slippers inside a special case that will keep it intact for several more years.

According to Telegraph, the Smithsonian plans to build a case that will not only control the temperature, barometric pressure and humidity but it will also contain a gas that is not oxygen. Oxygen is said to be one of the factors for the deterioration of Dorothy's slippers so the Smithsonian intends to fill its case with another kind of gas to preserve it.

The Smithsonian is also looking to crowdfund this program because they thought that it would be a great idea to have the public join in their efforts to preserve Dorothy's slippers, which is already a part of American history.

The museum's target amount is $300,000 and so far donors have already pledged $100,000 via Kickstarter with more donations to come.



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