No-brainer: $300K campaign to rescue Dorothy’s ruby slippers

CORRECTS TO U.S. DOLLARS, NOT CANADIAN DOLLARS - FILE - This April 10, 1996 file photo shows one of the four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" traveling exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to a pair of the sequined shoes which was stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown, Grand Rapids. The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August 2015. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
CORRECTS TO U.S. DOLLARS, NOT CANADIAN DOLLARS - FILE - This April 10, 1996 file photo shows one of the four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" on display during a media tour of the "America's Smithsonian" traveling exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. An anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to a pair of the sequined shoes which was stolen from a museum in her Minnesota hometown, Grand Rapids. The 10-year anniversary of the theft is in August 2015. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas in three clicks are looking a little down at the heels, prompting the Smithsonian to launch a $300,000 online campaign to conserve them.

Museum officials started a Kickstarter fundraising drive Monday to repair the iconic slippers from 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz” and create a new state-of-the-art display case for them at the National Museum of American History.

CLICK HERE to view the Kickstarter campaign

The sequined shoes were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department and have grown fragile over time. The fundraising page says the color has faded and some threads affixing sequins have snapped.

The campaign, dubbed “#KeepThemRuby,” offers donor rewards ranging from T-shirts and tote bags to replica slippers and behind-the-scenes tours.

This isn’t the Smithsonian’s first Kickstarter drive. In 2015, it raised $700,000 to conserve Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit.

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