Friends of the
Collections at the
University of Minnesota
ATTENTA!Next summer, Minnesota's "triennial" conference returns from hiatus just in time to celebrate some truly remarkable milestones. First, we're raising a glass to 50 years of our beloved Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library - the world's largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We'll also explore other famous 50s in Sherlockian lore, including the 50-year span in which the Canon was published, and highlights from the great detective's first 50 years of life. The conference location is changing from recent years, returning to the Givens Suites at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, with the Saturday banquet at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott in Minneapolis.
Annual Business Meeting and Dinner Thursday December 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Golf Club.
Save the date!
Join us July 26-28, 2024, for Sherlock Holmes @ 50:
Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.
Current members of the Norwegian Explorers, please renew your membership for 2024 on our Membership page.
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!
Norwegian Explorers Study Group: Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.
Steve Miller will lead the group in a discussion of "The Five Orange Pips." We continue to gather via Zoom, primarily to accommodate participants from around the country and around the world. See the link and other information below and please forward to any interested Sherlockian friends and colleagues who may not be Norwegian Explorers.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 828 223 3034
Upcoming Dates and Stories
The group normally meets the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m., although we take a summer hiatus July through September. We're using the Jay Finley Christ four-letter abbreviations for the canonical tales and taking them in alphabetical order. Thus, we will take on GLOR December 16 and GOLD January 20.
Know that many other Sherlockian societies are offering virtual get-togethers open to all during the lingering pandemic via Zoom, providing a perfect opportunity for many Norwegian Explorers who have not been able to travel to in-person events in the past to enjoy the camaraderie.
* * *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.
For further information, email Tom Gottwalt, president of the Norwegian Explorers, at NorwegianExplorers@gmail.com.
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