The history of baton twirling is sketchy, most of it deriving from guess or hearsay, and its actual origin is unknown. The most popular guess is that it is related to the colorful Swiss flag swinging which came to this country along with the Dutch when they settled in Pennsylvania. Another is that it originated at Millsaps College in Mississippi. Here, shortly after the Civil War, the well-known Major Millsaps founded a college. His "lady athletes" were called the Majorettes, and it is possible that this is the origin of our present-day high-stepping majorette's name.
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