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Newswire: Smithsonian launches Kickstarter to repair the Wizard Of Oz ruby slippers

Due to the way the average American loves learning about new things and taking the time to appreciate objects of cultural or historical significance, you’d think the nation’s many museums would just be sitting on piles of cash these days. Sadly, that’s not really the case, and even one of America’s most famous and crowd-pleasing museums—the Smithsonian—now needs a little bit more help than federal funding can provide. This isn’t just about regular operating costs or whatever, though, as the Smithsonian needs help raising money for one specific cause: protecting Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz.

Alright, it’s not the sort of thing that mankind depends on, but the ruby slippers are an iconic part of film history. They also happen to be falling apart, due to the fact that they’re over 70 years old and were made …

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