Oz in the News 12.24.17

There’s no place like … the Butler Building Who wouldn’t want their name on a brick for a yellow brick road that will be created next to the Butler Building, home of the Aitkin Opera House, where Judy Garland performed as a youngster? Just launched this month is the Yellow Brick Road Campaign, giving fans of Judy Garland and the Wizard of Oz and members of the community, the chance to help build their very own yellow brick road while preserving a place in American history. In tribute to the history of the building’s turn-of-the-century opera house, notably the first venue where a young Garland, known then as Baby Gumm, got her start on stage in 1925, owners of the building are creating an opportunity for those to help protect the legacy of this important part of entertainment history by helping to build a yellow brick road around this 1903 building. Funds raised through the purchase of each golden brick will go to help bring the opera house back to its original grandeur, allowing the building to be inducted into the National Historic Registry, officially claiming its place in history.

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