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Sherlock Holmes @ 50 July 26-28, 2024:
Conference celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.

Due to a higher-than-expected interest in our 2024 Conference we have already reached the capacity of the available space and need to close the registration for additional attendees. We will have a waiting list in the event that any of the people currently registered have to withdraw. Contact Phil Bergem at if you wish to be placed on the waiting list.

Current members of the Norwegian Explorers, please renew your membership for 2024 on our Membership page.

Want to see yourself in print?
Call for papers: The Norwegian Explorers Christmas Annual for 2024

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!

Current Events:

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

Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 2:00 p.m.

Steve Schier will lead the group in a discussion of "The Little Old Man of Batignolles" by Emile Gaboriau, featuring the detective Monsieur Lecoq. 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.

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Meeting ID: 828 223 3034
Passcode: 878937

Upcoming Dates and Stories

The group normally meets the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We're using the Jay Finley Christ four-letter abbreviations for the canonical tales and taking them in alphabetical order. As mentioned above, we'll take our annual non-canonical detour June 15 with "The Little Old Man of Batignolles" by Emile Gaboriau. The story features the detective Monsieur Lecoq, who is employed by the French Surete. The character is one of the pioneers of the genre and a major influence on Sherlock Holmes (who, in A Study in Scarlet calls him "a miserable bungler"), laying the groundwork for the methodical, scientifically minded Holmes. We'll go back to the canonical tales beginning September 21 with LADY.

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.

Coming Events:

Norwegian Explorers and Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections meeting

Wednesday September 18

As part of his national book tour, author, screen writer, and noted Sherlockian Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution) will be our guest at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota. He'll be discussing his latest book, Sherlock Holmes and the Telegram from Hell, and other Sherlockian topics. The book comes out August 27 and will be available for purchase and inscription at the event. The time remains to be determined, but watch this website for more specifics.

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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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