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ATTENTA: Current members, please renew your membership for 2020 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:

Red-Throated League Performance

The Norwegian Explorers' Red-Throated League radio theatre troupe will perform another Edith Meiser play, "The Case of the Cadaver in a Roman Toga," Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Elmer L. Andersen Library on the University of Minnesota campus. This is the same location as the April 2019 performance. The address is 222 21st Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612) 625-9825. The website is The most convenient parking is a modestly priced parking lot just to the north of the Law School off Second Street between 19th and 21st Avenues. Admission is free.

** Update -- March 11, 2020 **
Regrettably, the Saturday, March 14 Red Throated League performance at the University of Minnesota's
Andersen Library has been canceled due to evolving concerns regarding Coronavirus transmissions.

Saturday May 16 at 1:30 p.m. - Additional Performance

The Red Throated League will perform "The Case of the Cadaver in a Roman Toga" Saturday May 16 at 1:30 p.m. The performance will be sponsored by the Northland Antique Radio Club ( and will take place at The Comfort Inn in Plymouth near the intersection of Highway 55 and Interstate 494. The address is 3000 Harbor Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55447 (763) 559-1222. Attendance for the first 35 Norwegian Explorers and their guests is free IF they email Karen Ellery (, before May 1 so she can get the names on the "free" list. Anybody whose name ISN'T on the list will have to pay for the event. The cost of purchased tickets has not yet been determined so please send your RSVP to Karen soon to get your name on the list.

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

** Update -- March 16, 2020 **
Regrettably, the Saturday, March 21 study group at the St. Anthony Park Library has been canceled due to evolving concerns regarding Coronavirus transmissions. We hope that future monthly sessions will soon continue as scheduled.

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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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