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The Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter to save the ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz'

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The Smithsonian National Museum of American History wants to save the ruby slippers Dorothy wore in "The Wizard of Oz." And it's asking the internet for help.

The museum launched a Kickstarter page on Monday, aiming to raise $300,000 to restore and repair the nearly 80-year-old shoes worn by Judy Garland, The Washington Post reports

The last time this happened... it worked

The shoes are expected to be part of a new exhibition tentatively titled "On With the Show." By Monday afternoon, it had raised more than $9,200 of its $300,000 goal.

The last time the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter was its first campaign. It raised more than $700,000 to restore Neil Armstrong's spacesuit worn on the moon, The Atlantic reports. The rewards for backers range from a digital poster to a chance to see the shoes being preserved.

Although the dreams they've inspired are alive and well, the materials the Ruby Slippers are made of are showing their age.
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The preservation job will keep the slippers intact for about 80 years, according to the Kickstarter page.

At the future exhibition, the shoes will be shown with icons like Muppets, R2-D2 and John Coltrane's real-life saxophone.

Some critics thought there was another solution to the funding woes.

One of the stars of the smash hit musical "Wicked" chipped in.

Will you contribute to preserving the slippers?

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