Help Restore the Judy Garland Birthplace

$437 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 29 days
Created March 25, 2019
Twenty-five years ago the Judy Garland Birthplace was lovingly restored back to its 1925 appearance.  Today, the home is in serious need of repair. In order to prevent further damage, we hope to raise enough money to begin repairs in the next month or so - especially the most urgent problems. Please consider a donation!  You can also help us by sharing this page with your friends!

Built in 1892 by Mississippi steamboat captain, Andrew Shook, the Gumm family moved into this house in 1919. Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm, was brought home to this house after her birth on June 10, 1922. She made her stage debut at the age of two and a half, and her mother made the costume in the dining room of this home.

Looking back on her early years in Grand Rapids, Judy later recalled:
"We lived in a white house with a garden... I do remember it was terribly happy...possibly the only kind of normal, carefree time in my life."

The Gumms lived here for seven years. In October of 1926, when Judy was four, they moved to California. Twelve years later, Judy Garland would play Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” – a film that has forever preserved her memory in the hearts and minds of people around the world.

Since the Judy Garland Birthplace was opened as a museum in 1995, over one million visitors from all over the world have experienced the magic of this lovely home where Judy Garland sang her first notes. This national landmark, along with the connecting museum allow people to explore the life and times of "America's Treasure."

Fans from all over the world have come to Grand Rapids, Minnesota to see Judy's home. In addition, every year hundreds of school groups from numerous Minnesota counties are bused in to visit our museum. These children are thrilled to visit "Dorothy's" house and to learn how people lived when she was a child.

At this point in time, the home is seriously in need of repair and restoration. 

The number of visitors, age and the severe winters of northern Minnesota have taken their toll. The storm windows on the front and side of the house are literally falling apart. The clapboard siding needs sandblasting, repainting and even some of the wood replaced. 

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In addition, a new cedar shake roof will be required in a short time. In the coming months, a structural analysis and repairs must be done to preserve the Judy Garland Birthplace for future generations.

Please spread the word and help to keep the Judy's home the beautiful and special place that it is.

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$437 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 17 people in 29 days
Created March 25, 2019
Funds raised will benefit:
Judy Garland Childrens Museum Inc
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Grand Rapids, MN
EIN: 411790485
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