There’s no place like home for a museum dedicated to your life’s work, and for L. Frank Baum home was Chittenango, New York. Baum is the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz –
the novel that inspired the classic Judy Garland film and other interpretations such as the novel and Broadway play, Wicked.
In homage to Baum and his wonderful work, The International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation created a museum called All Things Oz Museum
in his hometown. Though not housed in a former residence of Baum’s, the museum exhibits Oz memorabilia and personal items from Baum’s life. The foundation of volunteers that run the museum also hosts the annual Oz-Stravaganza! Festival which features The Wizard of Oz-
related guests, entertainment, vendors, and more. Recently, the foundation acquired the Baum-Neal House
, a Syracuse home that belonged to Baum’s sister, and is the place where he met his wife. The foundation is currently restoring the property and plans to open it as another Oz attraction where Baum’s life story will be told through his own letters and writing.