The Norwegian Explorers of Minnesota, an early scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, was founded in 1948 by five distinguished faculty members at the University of Minnesota, all of whom served as deans or department heads. One of the founders, the late E.W. (Mac) McDiarmid, led the Explorers as Sigerson from the group’s founding until the early 1980s.
True to their academic roots, over the years the Explorers have published numerous monographs and anthologies and have sponsored several conferences. The group meets four to six times a year and holds its annual dinner in December. The group’s newsletter, Explorations, is published
irregularly three times a year, and the Sherlock Holmes Study Group meets monthly to discuss a tale from the Canon.
The Norwegian Explorers are closely affiliated with the Sherlock Holmes Collections at the University of Minnesota, which contains the largest assemblage of Sherlockian materials in the world.
See the Brief History of the Friends of the Sherlock Holmes Collections for further information.
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