Help The American History Museum Save Dorothy's Ruby Slippers

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! The ruby slippers are deteriorating!

As one of the most popular attractions at the National Museum of American History, the iconic ruby-red slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” have entranced visitors for nearly 80 years. 

Unfortunately, the glittery shoes have lost a bit of their shine since the film’s debut in 1939, and they’re now slowly deteriorating.

To prevent them from totally falling apart, the National Museum of American History has launched a Kickstarter campaign ― and a hashtag, #KeepThemRuby ― to keep the movie’s magic alive. The museum is looking to raise $300,000 to conserve the shoes and build a state-of-the-art display case to protect them from the elements.

Richard Barden, the museum’s preservation services manager, told a local ABC News affiliate that the slippers incorporate “at least 12 different materials” from cotton to steel. With his team, Barden plans to use a “specialized vacuum on each and every sequin” to bring the shoes back to their original glory. 

The campaign went live at 12 a.m. Monday morning and has raised just over $40,000 as of this posting. Starting at $10, campaign donors can snag goodies like tote bags, T-shirts and even replica ruby slippers ― though you’ll have to shell out a $7,000 donation for those.

This isn’t the first time the museum took to the internet to raise funds. In July of last year, it launched a similar campaign to conserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.

Click your heels twice, friends, and throw this piece of history a dollar! Head over to the museum’s Kickstarter campaign here.




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