The Smithsonian wants your help to save Dorothy's ruby slippers

The Smithsonian is raising money to #KeepThemRuby.
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There's a fundraising effort to save Dorothy's ruby slippers.

No, not the shoes that were taken from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, more than a decade ago. This fundraising campaign is for another pair of ruby slippers that Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz, which are on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

The ruby slippers were only designed to last through filming, but now – nearly 80 years later – the shoes are starting to show their age. The Smithsonian Institution launched a #KeepThemRuby Kickstarter campaign Monday in an effort to raise $300,000.

The money will go towards conservation care and a new state-of-the-art display case, which the Smithsonian says will help slow deterioration of the shoes and protect them from environmental harm. The fundraising page has a video that explains how they'll fix the shoes and where they'll be displayed, watch it below.

Since launching Monday, 809 people have donated $35,210 towards the campaign as of 8 a.m. Tuesday.

This isn't the first Kickstarter fundraiser Smithsonian has launched. Last year, the institute raised more than $700,000 to conserve Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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