Originally Posted by double00
the smithsonian launched a kickstarted to preserve/restore the original ruby slippers from Wizard of Oz. it bothers me to no end that a public agency with public financing asks the public for money to fund a job that they are chartered to do in the first place.
next time you're asked to vote on some bond financing for a "capital improvement program" remember these two words: deferred maintenance
Eh, I think they are just looking for a way to connect with new audiences and look hip.
The Smithsonian has never been completely government funded. It has always relied on donors for funding, and in fact, was founded from the estate of a rich dude.
This is just the Web 2.0 version of a donation drive for some iconic piece of their collection.