Operate and staff the All Things Oz Museum in Chittenango, NY- the birthplace of author L. Frank Baum. Baum is best known for his novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”
The foundation is an I.R.S. recognized 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a chartered historical Foundation in New York State. The foundation is 100% volunteer, and every penny raised goes directly back to the foundation.
In addition to the museum (which is open year-round), we coordinate and oversee the Annual Oz-Stravaganza! festival. The festival is held the weekend of the first Saturday in June, and features "Wizard of Oz" related guests, entertainment, vendors, and FUN! The festival is held in the Village of Chittenango and is the largest and longest running “Wizard of Oz” themed festival in the nation.
The Foundation has remained very busy, as we also recently won the right to take over the Baum-Neal House at 678 W. Onondaga St. in Syracuse, NY. This was the home of L. Frank Baum's sister. Harriet Baum Neal and her family, and is the location in which Baum met his true love and future bride Maud Gage. The restoration project is slated to begin very soon, and will take nearly 5 years and approximately $300,000 in expenses.
WANT TO JOIN US?
There are several ways to become involved with the foundation. You can donate monetarily, goods or services, or volunteer your time. We are always looking for museum volunteers in Chittenango.
In addition, we are always interested in additional volunteers for the Oz-Stravaganza! Festival weekend in June, and we are looking for volunteers to help with the restoration project in Syracuse as well.
Lastly- you can JOIN the foundation as a member! Household memberships are just $40 per year and the benefits include unlimited visits to the ATO Museum, a 10% discount at the gift shop, special promotions, and member's only events and meet & greets.