WASHINGTON — They are the most iconic shoe is film history. Almost 80 years after Judy Garland donned those ruby red slippers in The Wizard of Oz, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help restore and preserve the famed shoes.
The museum says the sequins have started to break and the bright red color has started to fade.
The museum says on its Kickstarter page that restoration projects like the slippers aren’t covered by federal appropriations, which is why it’s turning to the public to help raise $300,000.
So far, the initiative has raised nearly $32,000 from more than 740 backers. Head to Kickstarter to learn more about the campaign.