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ATTENTA: Current members, if you have not yet done so, please renew your membership for 2021 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!

Coming Events:

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

Saturday January 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Mary Loving will lead a discussion of "The Red Circle." We are still gathering via Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 828 223 3034
Passcode: 878937

Next up is "The Blanched Soldier" February 20 followed by "The Three Garridebs" March 20. Zoom instructions will be provided in future Notices.

Baker Street West, Sunday January 31 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for our traditional celebration of the Master’s birthday. We’ll gather virtually via Zoom and enjoy some good Sherlockian conversation and hear reports from those who attended the Baker Street Irregulars’ virtual New York City extended birthday weekend (January 7-10). Some of those events are open to the public but some are invitation only. See below for more details on the NYC weekend events. Zoom details follow. Note this is different than the link for the Study Group meetings.

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Meeting ID: 849 9737 1375
Passcode: 878937

BSI NYC Weekend – January 6–10

Because many of these events are going virtual this year, this could be the perfect opportunity for many Norwegian Explorers who have never traveled to New York for the event to enjoy some of them. The BSI will hold a virtual Dinner meeting and a virtual Distinguished Speaker Lecture. The Lecture is free and open to everyone, but advance registration is required. For details and registration, see the web page at Register for the 2021 BSI Weekend. Other Sherlockian groups are also holding virtual events during the BSI Weekend, and most are open to everyone.

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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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