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A community of backers around the world came together to help the Smithsonian conserve and display the Ruby Slippers and Scarecrow costume.
A community of backers around the world came together to help the Smithsonian conserve and display the Ruby Slippers and Scarecrow costume.
6,451 backers pledged $349,026 to help bring this project to life.

Toto, we're home!

Posted by Smithsonian Institution (Creator)
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Dear #KeepThemRuby backers,  

We can now officially say there's no place like home! On October 19, 2018, we were over the rainbow with excitement to open the brand-new Ruby Slippers gallery and return Dorothy's shoes, sparkling brightly thanks to your generous support, to display.  

It was a huge success! The National Museum of American History welcomed thousands of visitors over the weekend – many of them wearing red shoes! There was excitement in the air, a spring in everyone's step as they skipped down our very own yellow brick road, and even some spontaneous singing!

Conservator Dawn Wallace positioned the Ruby Slippers in their brand new case. Look at that sparkle!
Conservator Dawn Wallace positioned the Ruby Slippers in their brand new case. Look at that sparkle!
The new Ruby Slippers gallery includes a poppy-filled mural by Washington, D.C.’s own No Kings Collective studio.
The new Ruby Slippers gallery includes a poppy-filled mural by Washington, D.C.’s own No Kings Collective studio.

The dramatic new gallery puts your beloved Ruby Slippers front and center to celebrate their return. But look closely at the righthand side of that photo! We didn't forget about our buddy the Scarecrow – like Dorothy, we'd miss him most of all! The Scarecrow's hat, worn by actor Ray Bolger, also received attention in the Conservation Lab and will be on display in the gallery through February 2019!

Delighted visitors shared their memories of watching the movie, reading the books by L. Frank Baum and seeing the shoes on display at the Smithsonian on special family visits in the past. On our Talk Back Board, there was a veritable tornado of love for The Wizard of Oz. Kids drew Toto (or "Todo" as they often wrote!), adults wrote about how scary the flying monkeys were (...still are?), and grandparents shared stories about waiting the whole year to watch the movie on television with their families while enjoying their favorite TV dinners.

Our Oz Talk Back board.
Our Oz Talk Back board.
A spontaneous “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” melted our hearts.
A spontaneous “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” melted our hearts.

Ruby Slippers fans from around the world chimed in on social media to celebrate, including an adorable Toto lookalike in Michigan, and these incredible photos from backers like you!

Kylie Harris says, "I live in Australia and have been a Wizard of Oz fan for 40 years!  Would love to visit the slippers one day." They'll be here waiting for you, Kylie. Thank you – and your little dog, too!
Kylie Harris says, "I live in Australia and have been a Wizard of Oz fan for 40 years! Would love to visit the slippers one day." They'll be here waiting for you, Kylie. Thank you – and your little dog, too!
"When I gain those ruby slippers, my power will be the greatest in Oz!" Even the Wicked Witch of the West couldn't resist celebrating! Thanks to Josephine Chapman from Aberdeen, Scotland!
"When I gain those ruby slippers, my power will be the greatest in Oz!" Even the Wicked Witch of the West couldn't resist celebrating! Thanks to Josephine Chapman from Aberdeen, Scotland!

Thanks for helping us #KeepThemRuby from all over the world!

Here are a few more of our favorite moments from this wonderful weekend:

Big smiles from visitors on opening day! A replica pair of Ruby Slippers even made it into the photo – take a peek on the left.
Big smiles from visitors on opening day! A replica pair of Ruby Slippers even made it into the photo – take a peek on the left.
They’re off to see the Wizard! Yellow bricks lead the way to the new gallery.
They’re off to see the Wizard! Yellow bricks lead the way to the new gallery.
Vivid murals by No Kings Collective studio make a great spot for a group pic. Come take yours!
Vivid murals by No Kings Collective studio make a great spot for a group pic. Come take yours!
A tiny Dorothy made us all smile!
A tiny Dorothy made us all smile!
Are the staff at the National Museum of American History excited that the Slippers are back? You can bet your flying monkeys we are.
Are the staff at the National Museum of American History excited that the Slippers are back? You can bet your flying monkeys we are.

Download this bold and beautiful image from the new gallery to use as a desktop background! »

Thank you again for helping us #KeepThemRuby! None of this would be possible without your support. Your generosity means so much to us here at the Smithsonian, and will to millions of visitors for generations to come.  

Sincerely,  

The Smithsonian #KeepThemRuby Team

P.S. Believe it or not, this isn't the end of the yellow brick road for the Ruby Slippers! Their ultimate destination will be as part of the Museum’s new Entertaining America exhibition, set to open in late 2020. There, the Slippers will join countless objects from American history that will illuminate how we use culture and entertainment to explore what it means to be American.  

Want to be part of that exciting journey? Sign up for emails from the National Museum of American History for the latest on programs, exhibitions, and our incredible collection. Together, we can study the past, understand the present and shape a more humane future.

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    1. Jeremie Lariviere
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      wonderful!