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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!
Norwegian Explorers Study Group: Third Saturday of the month at 2:00 PM
Saturday June 18, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.
Mary Loving will lead the discussion of the first A.J. Raffles collection, The Amateur Cracksman, by E.W. Hornung. See further information and discussion questions below. 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
The group normally meets the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 p.m., although we take a summer hiatus July through September. We're using the Jay Finley Christ four-letter abbreviations for the Canonical tales and taking them in alphabetical order.
But, on June 18 we'll take our traditional non-Canonical detour with a dive into the first A.J. Raffles collection, The Amateur Cracksman, by E.W. Hornung. Hornung was ACD's brother-in-law who decided to make his own contribution to the Crime Fiction genre with his creation of Arthur J. Raffles, AKA "The Gentleman Thief" (or you might say, "The Anti-Holmes"), and his friend and partner, Harry "Bunny" Manders. We will explore the similarities and differences between Holmes and Watson and Raffles and Bunny as well as the similarities and differences between the stories about the two partnerships. This should prove to be an interesting and exciting discussion! The Amateur Cracksman is available as inexpensive ebooks at the usual places (Amazon, etc.) and is also available for free at Project Gutenberg <http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/706>. Your local library may also carry a copy. You may also want to watch the on-screen characterization at the following link Raffles 1939 - David Niven, Olivia de Havilland, Dudley Digges, May Whitty - Bing video
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.
* * *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.
For further information, email Tom Gottwalt, president of the Norwegian Explorers, at NorwegianExplorers@gmail.com.
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