Crowd-funding for ‘Oz’ Scarecrow costume falls short

Courtesy: Smithsonian Institution
Courtesy: Smithsonian Institution

WASHINGTON (AP) – Donors flocked like flying monkeys to the Smithsonian’s crowd-funding campaign to preserve a pair of ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” But they weren’t as generous when it comes to maintaining the Scarecrow costume from the beloved movie.

A Kickstarter campaign for the slippers and the costume ended at midnight Wednesday, with donors pledging $349,000. The original goal was $300,000, and that total will go to the slippers. The National Museum of American History sought another $85,000 to preserve the Scarecrow costume, but that goal fell short.

Museum spokeswoman Laura Duff says the Scarecrow costume will still be preserved. She says some donors gave directly to the museum instead of pledging to Kickstarter, and the museum is “committed to raising the additional funds necessary to complete the conservation.”

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