5 Things to know about the Smithsonian’s ruby slippers

File- This Nov. 9, 2001, file photo shows the sequin-covered ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" at the offices of Profiles in History in Calabasas, Calif. Smithsonian Museum officials started a Kickstarter fundraising drive Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, to repair the iconic slippers from 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz” and create a new state-of-the-art display case for them at the National Museum of American History. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter to preserve the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The museum hopes to raise $300,000 in a month. Here are five things to know about the famous relic:

Museum displays curiosities long kept in storage

A cyclist rolls past the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. The Peabody, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world focused on the study of societies and cultures, turns 150 years old this month. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As one of the world’s oldest museums dedicated to anthropology turns 150, it’s undergoing some big changes to showcase its significant role in developing the discipline.

Vacation bliss in South Pacific: Visiting Aitutaki

This July 10, 2016 photo shows the view from the coastal road connecting the handful of hotels and villages in Aitutaki, a lagoon-encircled smattering of islets in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific. Even in the Southern Hemisphere winter, it bursts with tropical flowers and palm fronds in shades of mint to lime to shamrock green. (Giovanna Dell'Orto via AP)

AITUTAKI, Cook Islands (AP) — Swaying in a hammock hung from coconut trees, floating down a cyan-blue channel or swimming in a cloud of tropical fish, all I could think was, this place is too perfect to be real.

Bacteria claimed vet’s limbs, but not her drive

In a Sept. 26, 2016 photo, Marine veteran Cindy Martinez stretches ahead of a weightlifting workout at the Crossfit Goat gym in Dacula, Georgia. Martinez lost three limbs and part of the fingers on her remaining arm after getting a flesh-eating bacteria in 2015 and nearly dying. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

DACULA, Ga. (AP) — A year ago, Cindy Martinez was struggling to walk even just a few feet and lift just five pounds.

Cheese and Frank Lloyd Wright: Welcome to Wisconsin

This Sept. 25, 2016 photo shows a sample gift box for sale at the Alp and Dell cheese store in Monroe, Wis. The store's shelves, bins and coolers overflow with cheese, much of it made locally by the award-winning Emmi-Roth Kase cheese factory. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) — Walking around Madison, Wisconsin, I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my leg. What was poking me?

New generation of gold miners heads for the hills

In this Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, photo, Chris Hall shows off a vile of gold he's mined from the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H. A new generation of gold miners is giving prospecting a try, especially in New England and the Pacific Northwest. The growth is attributed partially to television shows like "Yukon Gold." (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

PLYMOUTH, Vermont (AP) — Al Davis Jr. cracks a smile as he spots a speck of gold glittering in a plastic pan full of muck pulled from a Vermont brook, revealing a gold tooth made from some earlier finds.

Efforts made to save Hemingway artifacts

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry tours Finca Vigia (Lookout Farm), the former home of late U.S. writer Ernest Hemingway, now a museum, in Cuba. A forum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in Boston, will be held to discuss joint efforts in a U.S.-Cuba collaboration to preserve artifacts at Hemingway’s former Cuban estate. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Ernest Hemingway was a pack rat who saved everything. Fortunately for fans of the literary icon, U.S. and Cuban officials and scholars have been working together to preserve artifacts at his former estate in Cuba — items they say will help illuminate his colorful legacy.


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