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The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes

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On August 6-8, 2010, The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota and the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota held a well-recived conference to explore the many meanings of the word "spirits" and how they relate to Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian Era. The conference took place at the Elmer L. Andersen Library at the University of Minnesota, home of the Sherlock Holmes Collections, the world’s largest collection of Sherlock Holmes-related material.

The conference featured presentations, vendor tables, a silent auction of selected duplicate items from the Collections, an exhibit 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.

The conference garnered many enthusiastic reviews from participants. For example, see "Sherlocking at The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes" by Don Hobbs, on the Sherlock Peoria website.

For a selection of photos from the conference taken by Les Klinger, BSI, see Les's photos on twitpic.

Copies of the book The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes, which was edited by Michael Eckman and distributed to conference attendees, can be ordered here.

Conference Schedule

August 6-8, 2010


Friday Aug. 6

1:30 pm “221B”;  A Study in Starrett - Ray Betzner, BSI

2:30 pm   The Current State of Affairs - Tim Johnson, Catherine Cooke, Neil McCaw, Peggy Perdue

3:30 pm Stranded on the Shelves: A Leaf through The Saturday Review - Steven Rothman, BSI

5 pm - Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections Meeting


Saturday Aug. 7

9:00 am   Vintage and Spirited -Gideon Hill, MD, BSI

10:00 am  Future Directions - Catherine Cooke, BSI, ASH; Tim Johnson; Neil McCaw and Peggy Perdue

11:00 am  The Curious Case of Holmes in Silent Cinema- delivered by Julie McKuras, BSI for the author, Russell Merritt, BSI, who was unable to attend because of injury

12 noon - Lunch

1:30 pm   The Great Game: A Debate Covering the Founding of Sherlockian Scholarship - Jon Lellenberg BSI and Richard Sveum, BSI
Link to a transcript of this lively debate

2:30 pm  Sherlock Holmes and the Spirit of Detective Fiction - Les Klinger, BSI

3:30  pm  Boys and Girls Together - Evelyn Herzog, BSI , ASH

4:45 pm   A Visit to the 221B’s Sitting Room—Wilson Library - Paul Martin, BSI and Jon Lellenberg, BSI

7:00 pm  Banquet

            Rewriting History…Again - Brad Keefauver, BSI, ASH


Sunday Aug. 8

9:30 am  Guy de Maupassant’s “Le Horla” and the Haunting of Sherlock Holmes - Tim Reich

10:30 am  Haunting Libraries in Search of a Guaranteed Medium - S. E. Dahlinger, BSI, ASH

11:30 am “The Giant Rat of Sumatra” - The Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers

12:30 pm - Closing Remarks

As a coda, Barbara Rusch, MBt, BSI offered an invitation for all present to attend the next Bootmakers of Toronto conference in late summer of 2011.

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