While Dorothy and friends may have returned order to the Land of Oz, not all is well in the land that Wizard of Oz writer L. Frank Baum once called home.
The All Things Oz Museum in Chittenango lost its lease, and has had to relocate to a new building, putting the owners in a tough financial situation. The museum needs about $20,000 to get the new building ready before the annual Oz-Stravaganza in June, and they are looking for any help they can get.
The All Things Oz Museum is full of one-of-a-kind treasures linked to the story of Dorothy and Toto??s adventure into a land far unlike here. The Museum has packed away boxes full of rare books, photos from Judy Garland??s estate and other memorabilia, all ready to be moved to a new location after the old Oz Museum closed in March.
The museum is not moving far??a building just steps from the old museum has been donated to be the new housing place for all this Oz memorabilia. However, the new building is much larger than before and needs a lot of work done before everything can be moved in.
??We know this needs to be done in stages, but there is still a lot to be done in stage one,?? says Colleen Zimmer of the All Things Oz Museum.
The Chittenango community has already stepped up to help out the museum.
??We were donated a furnace, we were donated a handicapped bathroom with labor included and we were donated carpeting,?? says Barbara Evans, also of All Things Oz. ??Any wizards out there, any good witches, if you want to drop a house of money on us too, that would be all right.??
The Oz-Stravaganza is a weekend-long celebration lasting from June 6 to June 8, and the museum is still looking for $20,000 to be ready by the time the festival rolls around.
Once done, the new museum will have more room to show off its memorabilia.
??We can display more of our stuff,?? Zimmer says. ??We had to do a lot of rotating before because we didn??t have enough room.??
The All Things Oz Museum??s motto is ??Where Oz Began,?? and now the museum is ready for a new beginning in a new place to call home.
After all, as L. Frank Baum said, ??There??s no place like home.??
If you want to help, the museum's phone number is (315) 333-2286