If We Only Had a... Stretch Goal!
Hi, #KeepThemRuby team!
We're still so excited and grateful that you helped us meet our $300,000 goal in just seven days! Thank you for the overwhelming support you’ve shown to this project, the Ruby Slippers, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. We love all your comments about why you backed this project, and about what The Wizard of Oz and the Smithsonian mean to you. Please keep sharing your stories!
Though we've reached the Emerald City, the Wizard told us we had another task before we could click our heels to go home again. We gave you a hint that it had to do with one of Dorothy's friends, and saw some great guesses as to who it might be.
We're so excited to announce that our stretch goal is to conserve and display another beloved icon of American film history: Scarecrow’s costume, worn by actor Ray Bolger in The Wizard of Oz!
At the end of The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says to Scarecrow, “I think I’ll miss you most of all.” Now she doesn’t have to! You can help us reunite Scarecrow’s costume and the Ruby Slippers by helping is reach our stretch goal.
The Scarecrow's costume was constructed nearly eighty years ago, and donated to the Smithsonian in 1987 by Ray's wife, Gwendolyn, after his passing. The donation even included extra straw used during production of the film! The costume is fragile, sensitive to light, and needs research to determine how best to preserve it. Now, you can help us do the conservation necessary to put the full costume worn by Ray Bolger on display for a limited time as part of the Museum's new culture exhibition, tentatively titled On with the Show, in 2018, and to add the Scarecrow’s hat for long-term display alongside the Ruby Slippers!
As a “thank you” for increasing your pledge, or for new backers to our project, we’ve added some exciting new rewards, including unlocking two more pairs of replica Ruby Slippers, a chance to engage with noted Wizard of Oz historian John Fricke both in person and online, an opportunity for you and your family and to preview the newly restored Ruby Slippers and Scarecrow, and a bundle of the exclusive William Ivey Long rewards – including a package of two signed and “hand glitterized” posters!
We hope we can count on you to bring your magic to the Scarecrow like you did with the Ruby Slippers by helping us conserve this lovable character’s costume for future generations! Please share our exciting #KeepThemRuby stretch goal news with friends and family! We think it's a #NoBrainer. Thank you!
What will be involved in the conservation of the Scarecrow costume?
The Scarecrow will need a full conservation assessment to determine which materials were used to construct the costume. This will include working with scientists to identify the materials and conducting historical research. We will take a close look at the textiles and dyes that are extremely sensitive to light and wear. We need to understand what condition they are in to determine what treatment will best conserve and preserve them. Once those issues are addressed, we can decide how best to display the costume. The Scarecrow costume will need an internal structure to support the textiles and reduce stress so that he will remain in good condition far into the future.