Smithsonian Assists FBI in Minnesota Ruby Slippers Case


This is the box that has been specially constructed
for the shoes. They’re one of the most requested objects
here. Visitors who come in know that we have the
ruby slippers. They want to see them. When they’re not on display, we hear about
it. And it’s because they have this unique resonance
with people. So then when the FBI reached out to us to
look at the pair that were recovered, we had the knowledge to make those comparisons to
determine whether the construction and the materials were consistent with the pair that
we have in the museum’s collection. Knowing that there are other pairs out there and
the enormous interest that there is in this film, we want to be as useful as possible
and to try to preserve this history and to let people experience it as much as possible. So this recovered pair, it’s so exciting
to know that they’ve been brought back into the fold and that they’re going to be preserved
for future generations. We’re just so excited to help out with the
FBI investigation and see what we could do to assist.

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