Scottish Highlanders' Exhibit Now on Display at UI Athletics Hall of Fame

Aug. 31, 2011

IOWA CITY, Iowa — An exhibit honoring the Scottish Highlanders is now on display at the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum. It will be dedicated on Sept. 3, 2011, during FRY Fest and as part of the Scottish Highlanders’ 75-year anniversary reunion celebration.

The exhibit displays rare and treasured pieces of Scottish Highlander memorabilia, including the famous autographed drum heads, original uniforms, the priceless silver Aberdeen Mace given to the UI Scottish Highlanders by the people of Aberdeen, Scotland, and many other items.

The Scottish Highlanders began on the Iowa campus in 1936 as an all-male bagpipe band accompanying the R.O.T.C. military unit. In 1943, when 71 of the 73 members were called to serve their country in World War II, the organization converted to all female. It remained all female until men reentered the ranks in 1973. In 1981, the University withdrew funding for the group, ending their long history of performing at Iowa football games.

This exhibit honoring the Scottish Highlanders and their numerous historical and philanthropic achievements, and their dedication to being ambassadors for the University of Iowa, the State of Iowa, and the United States is open to the public.

The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and Museum is located at the corner of Melrose and Mormon Trek Blvd. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.