$300k Kickstarter to Save Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers
on 20 October 2016
A truly iconic piece of film history, Dorothy's ruby slippers from 1939’s "The Wizard of Oz," is in desperate need of conservation. The sequin-covered shoes (an anonymous gift to the museum in '79) are some 80 years old and it shows. In order to preserve them, the Smithsonian needs some $300k and has launched a Kickstarter to make it happen. At the time of publish, the campaign (dubbed #KeepThemRuby) has already raised around $200k and is offering various rewards for contributions.