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Ruby Slipper Rescue: Money Rolls In to Save Dorothy's Famed Shoes at the Smithsonian

The goal of $300,000 has almost been reached to restore the famous ruby slippers

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    The iconic red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" are showing their age with broken threads and faded color.

    People are pledging lots of green to restore a pair of famous red slippers.

    On Monday, the Smithsonian launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $300,000 to preserve its pair of the ruby slippers that whisked Dorothy back to Kansas at the end of "The Wizard of Oz."

    By Saturday, the campaign had already raised more than $285,000. More than 5,000 people have backed the project.

    The slippers have been one of the most beloved items at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History for more than 30 years. They were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last.

    The Smithsonian wants to use the money toward a technologically advanced display case that will preserve them for future generations.