In August 2012, the Museum received the collection of Joanne Marshall Doster who began twirling at the age of 12. She entered competitions and won several awards. After graduating from Plainwell High School, Joanne went to Western Michigan University where she also was a majorette. She was so talented that she was asked to perform a twirling routine at the 1956 Tangerine Bowl.
In the 1960s, she organized a baton troupe called the Liberty Belles. The troupe performed for local parades and celebrations including American Bicentennial celebrations.
These artifacts and photographs document an aspect of modern culture that we often take for granted. Their donation to the Museum’s collection is important in the preservation of a unique aspect of everyday life.