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L. Frank Baum

The Wizard of Oz feature film is one of the most popular films of all time and it is based on the Oz fantasy series by L. Frank Baum (1856-1919).

The iconic ruby slippers pictured above were worn by actress Judy Garland who played the main character (Dorothy). We recommend the book series and the classic film for elementary-age children on up, preferably third grade or higher.

Read about the author and his whimsical books here: L. Frank Baum. Information about the Oz film and book series can be found here:

Read about more United States places connected to the author and his popular book series at our California and Kansas sections of the website.

National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian

Glimpses of book and film story elements, such as of The Wizard of Oz, are exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History ( The Museum is located on the National Mall, Constitution Avenue, N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets in Washington, DC. According to its website:

“The National Museum of American History is home to more than 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archival collections. On behalf of the nation, we preserve and share this extraordinary national collection encompassing everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner to Abraham Lincoln’s top hat; from the first computer bug to the first artificial heart; from Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet to Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Our archival collections include a remarkable array of American history in documents, photographs, and other works, including major holdings on the histories of American business and music. Our artifacts form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history in the world.”

L. Frank Baum letter, as exhibited at Los Angeles Central Library

The National Museum of American History is the fourth stop on our District of Columbia Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart