Hello! It’s very nice to meet you! The mission of the Vintage Baton Twirler is to support and celebrate the sport of baton twirling through the preservation of stories and pictures.

Thank you for your support of this
education and advocacy project.

Share Your Stories and Pictures

Support and celebrate the rich history and heritage of baton twirling through the collection, preservation and online display of historic materials. Eventually, we want to publish oral histories, hence adding to the historical record of a sport grossly underreported by mainstream media.

Unfortunately, lost in the mists of time are stories and pictures. Without ever being interviewed, baton twirling heroes and legends pass away. Consequently, lost forever are the viewpoints, perspectives and even eyewitness accounts that shape the historical record. As such, the documented history of twirling becomes limited or inaccessible. Moreover, priceless photos and ephemera are lost, stolen, trashed and/or destroyed, etc.  

Therefore, we invite you to share your stories and pictures with us. No story is too small, no photo too grainy. This site has space for it all. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. So, please contact us. Send your stories, pictures and/or videos to info@vintage-baton-twirler.org or contacts us on our Facebook page, The Vintage Baton Twirler. Also, we can also receive  items by mail. If you have items to sell, we have funds available to purchase collections, etc.

See Collections

We are building an archive of baton twirling images and stories from the 20th Century. We have a long way to go. On the other hand, we’ve already made great strides. Nevertheless, the collections featured on this site are only partially complete. Those with red stars have content.

Currently, collections include seven decades; Black baton twirlers; male twirlers; memorabilia and ephemera. Soon, we will begin publishing sports heroes and legends, pageant twirlers and more. Ultimately, we have so many special things planned. Truly, you don’t want to miss a single post so please subscribe. 

If you have a suggestion for a new collection, please email us at info@vintage-baton-twirler.org.

Oral Histories

Oral history is the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events. If you would like to share your history of baton twirling, please let us know. We are available to conduct interviews every Friday by phone. In addition, we can communicate by email, if you prefer. Interviews will be published on this website. 

Posts Memorials and Tributes

Memorials are given to remember someone who is dearly departed. Tributes honor the living. We invite you to publish a free memorial or tribute honoring someone who has impacted your  journey in the sport of baton twirling. For example, your mom, dad or grandparent. Also, former coaches, students, teammates, teachers or friends, etc. Memorials and tributes are featured in dedicated posts and may include letters, pictures and/or videos, etc.

Thank you for allowing the legacies of those who have gone before us live online and inspire others to give selflessly to this sport. 

Thank You

Thank you for helping preserve the history of baton twirling. You may not think your story is important but absolutely, it is. As previously stated, we are preserving photographs to understand what our lives have meant and sharing your stories to gain a deeper understanding of experiences.

Pictures

“If these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this… I was here and I existed; I was young, I was happy, and someone cared enough about me in this world… to take my picture.” –One Hour Photo, 2022

Picture Cutline: Little Majorette, National Elks Convention, c.1945. Photo by John W. Mosley (1907-1969). Learn more here.

Top Photo: Bettye Lou Sorrells (1936-2022) leads the Gilmer Buckeye Band down Buffalo Street, Gilmer, Texas, 1953. Photo Credit: Growing Up Gilmer 

Most Recent Posts

Westbury Steerettes (1970s)

Westbury Steerettes (1970s)

Carol Ireland twirled with the Westbury Steerettes, a drill team in Houston, Texas, in the 1970s. Carol was the team's mascot in 1973; a twirler in 1976 and head twirler in 1978. Check out the giant pom poms on the ends of her baton in the picture below. Reminds me of...

McKees Rocks Majorette Elizabeth Vracec, 1956

McKees Rocks Majorette Elizabeth Vracec, 1956

Elizabeth Vracec Riedel was a majorette at McKee Rocks High School, Pennsylvania, 1956. During the 1950s, the school had more than a dozen majorettes. In August, a family member donated her uniform to the McKee Rocks Historical Society. It was in perfect condition...

Vintage Ephemera

Baton twirling ephemera refers to things like programs, posters, patches, stickers, magazines, newsletters, and other things typically written or printed that were used for a specific period of time.

Majorette Memories

We welcome high-quality scans of your vintage baton twirling ephemera. You can also receive items through the mail. We’ll digitally preserve your memories in high-quality scans. Thank you so much for supporting this project.  

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Rare Merchandise

Once or twice a year we will offer a commemorative item or rare keepsake for sale. For example, a sticker, patch, pin or T-shirt, etc. Without a doubt, you won’t want to miss out on this! All proceeds will help offset the cost of this project, in particulary, the cost  of web hosting and acquisition of rare and/or copyrighted materials.  

We will offer our first piece of merchandise before summer. Please sign up for updates below so you don’t miss our annoucement. Thank you so much for your interest in this project.

 

Majorette Boot Clipart

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