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Barbara Koelle (1923-2018) was a lovely woman, thoughtful personal friend, and consistent supporter of the International Wizard of Oz Club.  She joined the Club and began attending conventions in the 1960s when they were held in the resort owned by Harry Neal Baum. From convention speaker to Bugle editor to Club President, if there was a job […]

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Ruth Plumly Thompson: New State Historical Marker in West Philadelphia Commemorates Children’s Author of 19 Oz Books The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recently approved an official state historical marker to commemorate children’s author of 19 ‘Oz’ books, Ruth Plumly Thompson. The enduring popularity of the Wizard of Oz is a testament to its durability. […]

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Piqua-born “Royal Historian of Oz” Jack Snow will be honored at a memorial dedication and headstone unveiling on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in Forest Hill Cemetery, 8660 North State Route 66 (Broadway Street), Piqua, Ohio. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The ceremony will mark the 110th anniversary of Snow’s […]

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Oz, the National Convention will be held August 3-6, 2017, in and around Chicago. The International Wizard of Oz Club (IWOC) last met in the greater Chicago area in 2007. “Chicago is where The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was inspired, written, published, and first brought to the stage,” says Carrie Hedges, IWOC president. “As a […]

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The newest issue of Oziana, the International Wizard of Oz Club’s literary magazine, presents a variety of alternate endings for L. Frank Baum’s 10th Oz novel, Rinkitink in Oz. In recognition of the book’s 100th anniversary, the International Wizard of Oz Club held a contest to find the most Baumian ending to replace the finale that […]

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The International Wizard of Oz Club’s next National Convention will be held August 5-7, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Home to Oz authors, illustrators, and publishers—including John R. Neill, Ruth Plumly Thompson, William F. Lee, W. W. Denslow, and Maxfield Parrish—Philadelphia is a city with many connections to the Land of Oz. Learn more about […]

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The International Wizard of Oz Club is closing its online store effective July 3, 2015. If you wish to purchase any Club publications and get your 20% member discount, you must place your order by midnight on July 2, 2015. Go to www.shop.ozclub.org to get directly to our publications. Find descriptions of products with photos by clicking […]

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The full-color, limited-edition 2015 International Wizard of Oz Club Calendar has been mailed to Oz Club members who joined for 2014 at the Sustaining level or above. Its theme is “Oz on Stage and Screen,” with fascinating ephemera, rare collectibles, and lots of fun Ozzy trivia. Sound too good to miss? You can still upgrade […]

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A trip-hop musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz will be part of this year’s Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco. Written by Rob Melrose with music by Dave L, the production, directed by Elizabeth Williamson, will be performed on Saturday, July 19 at noon and Friday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. […]

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