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Smithsonian launches Kickstarter campaign to preserve Dorothy's ruby slippers

Smithsonian launches Kickstarter campaign to preserve Dorothy's ruby slippers

The Smithsonian is looking for a legion of good-deed-doers to help save Dorothy Gale’s ruby slippers.

Though the shoes found their forever home in 1979, when an anonymous donation brought them to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, time has not been kind to the nearly 80-year-old costume piece from “The Wizard of Oz.” 

Created by the MGM studios prop department, the slippers were never intended to last. Since 1939, their bright ruby hue has faded, some threads attaching sequins have broken and some sequins are losing color altogether.

On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign for $300,000 in an attempt...

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