On August 8-11, 2019, The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota, the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Libraries will hold a conference to surprise and entertain attendees with the many dark places, wicked companions and strange experience that Mr. Holmes and other characters have encountered. The conference will be held at The Graduate Hotel on the U. of M. campus with an accompanying exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, home of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota
"Dark Places, Wicked Companions, and Strange Experiences"
The conference will feature presentations by a stellar group of Sherlockians, vendor tables, a dramatic performance by the Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers, and the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota -- the worlds largest collection of Sherlock Holmes-related material.
For more details, including information on lodging and transportation, see the PDF registration form (right-click to download)
Confirmed Speakers Include:
- Marcus Geisser, BSI
- Cheryll Fong
- Regina Stinson, ASH, BSI
- Shannon Carlisle, ASH, BSI
- Dan Payton
- Bill Mason, BSI
- Jeffrey Hatcher, BSI
- Alan Rettig
- Ross Davies, BSI
- Dan Polvere, BSI
- Carlina de la Cova
- Barbara Rusch, ASH, BSI
(Additional speakers may be listed as they are confirmed.)
- Note: The late Peter Calamai, BSI had also been scheduled to speak, but he regrettably passed away in January of this year. Our sympathies to Peter's widow, Mary, and to other family and friends of this accomplished and much-honored journalist.
- Panel discussion: "Long-suffering Companions", featuring
- Judy Margolin
- Mike McKuras
- Barbara Shaw
There will be a Thursday evening reception (cash bar) at The Graduate Hotel.
Friday morning is reserved for experiencing the Conference Exhibit at the Elmer L. Andersen Library (222-21st Avenue South, the next light rail stop towards Minneapolis, or a walkable 0.8 miles).
Our conference will begin on Friday afternoon, August 9, 2019, at 1:00 PM. at The Graduate Hotel. The Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections annual meeting will be held late Friday afternoon with noted playwright Jeffery Hatcher as our speaker. Friday evening will be open for your personal dining choice.
Presentations will resume on Saturday morning, August 10 at The Graduate Hotel. A luncheon and banquet will also be held at the hotel that day, with a banquet program featuring always entertaining Bill Mason.
The conference will conclude at the Graduate Hotel on Sunday, August 11 by 1:00 PM. and will include the reenactment of a radio show by the Norwegian Explorers' own Red-Throated League.
Planning to arrive earlier in the week or stay in town after the conference? We recommend checking out these local events and attractions.
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