An “Ozsome Christmas” exhibit is on display at the Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin St., until Dec. 20.
The display is part of the personal Wizard of Oz collection of Fairport Museum Director Vicki Masters Profitt. Visitors will also have an opportunity to view the ornament collection of Caren French Hess that is also on display. These exhibits are free and open to the public and may be viewed during regular museum hours from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
1939 movies such as “Gone with the Wind,” “Love Affair,” “Wuthering Heights” and “Goodbye Mr. Chips” vied with each other for top honors at the 12th Academy Awards. Another top contender that year was MGM’s film, “The Wizard of Oz.”
“Oz” became a tradition for many families, as they settled around the television set to watch the movie together each year. New generations came to enjoy the characters of Dorothy Gale, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow. One of those young people watching was Profitt, who began collecting Oz memorabilia in the 1980s.
It began with one gift from her parents, an Oz music box. That eventually led to a room in Profitt’s house devoted to “The Wizard of Oz.” The expanded collection included books, snow globes, music boxes, clothing, bells, plates, posters, dolls and Christmas ornaments. Profitt began attending the annual Ozfest in Chittenango. It was there she had the opportunity to meet several actors who portrayed Munchkins. Her favorite memory of Ozfest was when Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin Coroner, began singing his coroner song in front of her as she waited at the head of the line for an autograph.
As Profitt’s family grew, the Oz collection was diminished to make space for her three children, none of whom have an overwhelming affinity for Oz.