Toto, we're home!
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!
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.
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!
Thanks for helping us #KeepThemRuby from all over the world!
Here are a few more of our favorite moments from this wonderful weekend:
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.
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.
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