There’s no place like home. And Wamego is home to the Oz Museum, which houses artifacts associated with the 1939 MGM movie classic “The Wizard of Oz,” celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
In addition to life-sized replicas of the main characters, the museum features first-edition copies of the book of the same name by Frank Baum, written in 1900 and the basis for the ever-popular film. One novel is signed by actress Judy Garland, who portrayed Dorothy Gale, the feisty Kansas farm girl and heroine of the movie.
The film, famous in its day for the revolutionary use of Technicolor, continues to captivate generations of loyal fans.
“For me, I loved what the movie says about ‘home.’ How, no matter where you go, there’s no place like home and the people you love,” says Krysten Day, a Kansas State senior who is the actress portraying Dorothy in Wamego’s Columbian Theater production.
Wamego plays host to the annual OZtoberFEST, where four of the still-living actors who portrayed Munchkins in the film will make appearances and sign autographs. Authors of Oz-related books will be on hand, and a display of gowns worn by Judy Garland will also be presented. OZtoberFEST is Oct. 3-4 in Wamego.
“Home and Away” premieres at 6:30 p.m. Mondays on Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 and replays throughout the week.