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Join us July 26-28, 2024, for Sherlock Holmes @ 50:
Celebrating the Golden Anniversary of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.

Next summer, Minnesota's "triennial" conference returns from hiatus just in time to celebrate some truly remarkable milestones. First, we're raising a glass to 50 years of our beloved Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Library - the world's largest gathering of material related to Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. We'll also explore other famous 50s in Sherlockian lore, including the 50-year span in which the Canon was published, and highlights from the great detective's first 50 years of life.

Please note that the conference location is changing from recent years, with a return to the Givens Suites in the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, and a banquet at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott in Minneapolis. (We'll share more details about registration and the hotel block soon.) Plans are underway for an unforgettable lineup of guest speakers, special exhibits, social events, and even a few surprises!

This conference is proudly sponsored by the University of Minnesota Libraries, the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, and the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota.

Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota One-Day Conference October 22, 2022

The Norwegian Explorers, The Sherlock Holmes Special Collections, and the University of Minnesota Libraries hosted a free, one-day conference Saturday October 22, 2022 in conjunction with the opening of the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes at the Minnesota History Center. The event took place in the Center's 3M Auditorium from 9:30 to 2:00 p.m. The conference theme was "The Timeless Sherlock Holmes" and included the following sessions and speakers:

9:30-10:30 Daniel Stashower, BSI, noted Sherlockian author and expert resource to the Exhibit
10:30-11:30 Matthew Dacy (Mayo Clinic) and Tim Johnson, Curator of the Special Collections, discussing Dr. Phillip Hench and his collection in the exhibit
12:00-1:00 Sarah Walbridge-Jones (3M) and Steven Swenson (BCA) discussing forensic science
1:00-2:00 Jeffrey Hatcher, BSI (Norwegian Explorer, playwright, and screenwriter)

See also the description at the MNHS site.

The Norwegian Explorers, together with the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Libraries, have sponsored several previous conferences, which since 1995 have been held every three years.

Other past conferences include:
  • 1984 -- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota
  • 1993 -- Victorian Criminal Classes: Rogues, Rascals and Ruffians
  • 1995 -- The Detective and the Collector
  • 1998 -- Founders' Footprints
  • 2001 -- 2001: A Sherlockian Odyssey
  • 2004 -- A River Runs by It
  • 2007 -- Victorian Secrets and Edwardian Enigmas
  • 2010 -- The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes
  • 2013 -- Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Place
  • 2016 -- The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • 2019 -- Dark Places, Wicked Companions, and Strange Experiences
The last several conferences have featured presentations by noted Sherlockians from the U.S. and abroad, vendor tables, a silent auction of selected duplicate items from the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, which is the world's largest assemblage of Sherlock Holmes-related material, exhibits of rare and unique materials from the Collections, a performance of an Edith Meiser radio script by the Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers, and the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections.

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