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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:

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

Saturday November 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Steve Miller will lead a discussion of "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax." We are still gathering via Zoom.

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Meeting ID: 828 223 3034
Passcode: 878937

Next up is “The Adventure of the Red Circle” on January 16. Zoom instructions will be provided in future Notices.

The Norwegian Explorers 2020 Annual Business Meeting and Dinner,: Thursday December 3 at 6:30 p.m.

We will be conducting the event virtually this year via Zoom. We will miss our English Buffet dinner at the Minneapolis Golf Club, but we will still have essentially the same program as in recent years including toasts, a guest speaker, Sigerson Awards, Stand Upon the Terrace, business meeting, etc. See the link and other information below (same as Study Group meeting.)

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Meeting ID: 828 223 3034
Passcode: 878937

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

Join us for our traditional celebration of the Master's birthday. We’ll enjoy some good Sherlockian conversation and hear reports from those who took part in the Baker Street Irregulars' virtual birthday weekend (January 7-8). Some of those events are open to the public but some are invitation only. This year’s Baker Street West event also will most likely be virtual. Details to follow.

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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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