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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!

Current Events:

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

Saturday January 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Steve Miller will lead the group in a discussion of the "Black Peter." Discussion questions will be provided at the event. We are continuing to gather via Zoom. See the link and other information below; please forward to any Sherlockian friends and colleagues who may not be members of the 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 tales and taking them in alphabetic order. Thus, we will tackle BLAC January 15 and BLAN February 19.

Know that many other Sherlockian societies are offering virtual get-togethers open to all during the 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.

Baker Street West, Sunday January 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for our traditional celebration of the Master's birthday -- once again in person! We'll enjoy dinner, drinks and conversation as we hear reports from some of our more intrepid traveling members' trips to the Baker Street Irregulars' New York City extended birthday weekend. The event will take place at The Local (formerly The Cooper) at The Shops at West End, 1607 Park Pl Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416, (952) 247-0200. In order to get a headcount estimate, please RSVP to Lindsay Hall, 2170 Ridge Drive, Apt. 22, St. Louis Park, MN 55416,, or (651) 235-5647. The only cost is your own food and beverages.

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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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