1970s Blog Posts

Baby cried the day the circus came to town’cause she didn’t want parades just passin’ by her…

From Melissa Manchester, 1978

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...

Langston University Majorettes

Langston University Majorettes

February is Black History Month! Follow along as we share a whole new collection of historic images of Black twirlers and majorettes. Here are some pictures we've discovered of Langston University majorettes and twirlers. Langston is Oklahoma's only historically black...

Vintage Australian Drum Majorettes

Vintage Australian Drum Majorettes

This post features pictures of vintage Australian drum majorettes from Hurstville, a suburb of South Sydney, a city in New South Wales, Australia. The George River Libraries, located in South Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, featured some vintage Australian Drum...

Atlanta, 1972

October 12, 1972

President Richard M. Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon greet young majorettes on the campaign trail during a parade in Atlanta, fall 1972. The tiny majorette in the top photo is Rachel Lane.

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 personal oral history of baton twirling, please let us know. We are available to conduct interviews every Friday. Interviews will be available on this website. Once a substantial number of interviews have been conducted, they will be presented in podcast format. Nothing will be published without the interviewee’s written consent. Thank you for helping preserve the history of baton twirling. 

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.  


We Need Your Help

This is an ambitious project and we need your help. Send your pictures and stories to info@vintage-baton-twirler.org. New content will be posted every week, so check back often. Thank you!

Majorette Boot Clipart

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