As we struggle through this period of unparalleled misadventure it seems just right that some among us are probing a parallel universe in which clear thought and intense focus lead to logical conclusions. Sure, it’s fiction, but then again it would be enlightening to join devoted readers as they probe “The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes.” The intrepid Sherlockians will gather June 17-19 at the University of Minnesota for their triennial conference.
The gathering is sponsored by the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota (https://www.lib.umn.edu/holmes) and the Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota. (http://www.norwegianexplorers.org) To get some global grip on the impact of the creation of Sir Arthur Conan Coyle, consider this global list of active Sherlockian societies! (http://www.sherlocktron.com/three.pdf)
Scholars and devotees gather at the U of M where the Sherlock Holmes Collections constitute the world’s largest libraries of material related to the books and their author. The U of M Libraries catacombs are home to some 60,000 books, journals, artifacts and unique materials of endless interest to true believers.
The triennial conference will feature presentations by Sherlock scholars, vendors, an exhibit of rare and unique materials from the Collections, a dramatic performance by the Red-Throated League of the Norwegian Explorers – even an auction of some rare treasures that will be the envy of avid collectors gathered to delve into the misadventures of Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Those of us who read, enjoy but have not drunk deep of the Sherlockian stream should be at the ready to welcome these learned scholars to our fair University. My thought is to avoid textual criticism or syntactical analysis at all cost, but maybe brush up on the light side with something like this probably-flawed backgrounder on Sherlockian culture http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160106-how-sherlock-holmes-changed-the-world
The Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries are legendary. As the world’s largest collection of material related to Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the collection and its curators have hosted scores of local, national and even international gatherings of Sherlockians. The public will have a chance to glimpse a good share of the 50,000 items that comprise the exhibit in the weeks to come. The Spirits of Sherlock Holmes exhibit is open in the Elmer L. Andersen Gallery through October 15.
Emphasis of the exhibit is on exploration of the “many meanings of the word ‘spirits’ and how they relate to Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian Era. The exhibit includes a snippet of “what Sherlockians find pleasurable”, a bit of whimsy, a glimpse at the work of Conan Doyle in the cause of Spiritualism and much more.
If you haven’t spent time with “e” and his creator on the banks now’s the opportunity. If you’re a committed Sherlockian, you can’t spend enough hours plumbing the depths of this amazing collection of Sherlockiana on the Mississippi. Plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in the stories, the era, and the life of the author and his times.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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