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The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota is a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars of New York, dedicated to keeping green the memory of the Master, Sherlock Holmes, and honoring his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In keeping with the heritage of our group, which unlike some other early scions that have excluded females from membership, the Explorers remain open to all! We welcome anyone who has an interest in Sherlock Holmes, regardless of age, sex or level of knowledge.

The group meets informally -- and irregularly -- to discuss latest happenings in the world of Holmes four to six times a year in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, usually at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota. As the situation arises, we also attend performances of Holmes plays or movies as a group. We hold our annual meeting and dinner in December, featuring a Victorian-era meal, quizzes and a talk from a regionally known author. We have another annual event, Baker Street West, in January to celebrate the birthday of the Master. The group's newsletter, Explorations, is published irregularly two or three times a year, and the Sherlock Holmes Study Group meets monthly to discuss a tale from the Canon. An affiliated vocal-acting troupe, The Red-Throated League, performs vintage Holmes radio scripts once or twice a year complete with music and sound effects. If you are interested in joining a fun group of like-minded Holmes enthusiasts, please see our Membership page!

Coming Events:

Red-Throated League

The Red Throated League's planned March 14 performance of the Edith Meiser radio play "The Case of the Cadaver in a Roman Toga" at Andersen Library was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its planned May 16 encore performance sponsored by the Northland Antique Radio Club has been postponed. Stay tuned for the rescheduled date and location.

Norwegian Explorers Study Group: Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM

** Update -- May 4, 2020 **
The March, April and now, regrettably, the May Study Group meetings have been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The current plan is to resume our journey through the Canon with "Shoscombe Old Place" in September.

Saturday June 20 at 2:00 p.m. - Non-Canonical Detour

We're hopeful we will not have to postpone or cancel our June event. We're exploring virtual meeting alternatives and will post information as our plans firm up. Guest Study Group Leader Karen Ellery will handle our traditional non-canonical June Study Group. Location TBD. She has chosen "Everybody's Favorite Duck." Copies are easy to find, and you can get an electronic version online. Kindle has it as well.

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The Norwegian Explorers are closely affiliated with the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, housed in Andersen Library, which contains the largest assemblage of Sherlockian materials in the world. The Explorers and the Collections have sponsored several highly praised conferences, also open to all, which are held every three years.

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