Why does the popularity of Sherlock Holmes endure? The multitude of recent Holmes inspired movies, television shows, and literary adaptations are proof the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction. Sherlock Holmes is now a multi-million dollar industry. Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular? Ann McClellan's presentation explores the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective and tracks his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.
About the Author
Ann McClellan is professor of English and Associate Provost at Plymouth State University where she teaches 19th and 20th century British literature. She is the author of How British Women Writers Transformed the Campus Novel (2012), Sherlock's World: Fanfiction and the Reimagining of BBC's Sherlock (2018), and several articles on cultural topics ranging from servants on screen to social media, fan fiction, and Sherlock Holmes. She is currently writing a new monograph on race and Sherlock Holmes adaptations.
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Local Expert Talk: Edible Perennials Gardening and Landscaping
is a Power Point presentation featuring the variety of trees, shrubs, vines, canes, and herbaceous perennials that can be grown in New England for bountiful harvests of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Participants learn how to establish and care for these plants using organic methods of cultivation. Nutritional and medicinal benefits of the plants are discussed as well. Questions and comments are welcome throughout the presentation, and handouts with a list of edible perennial plant species, resources for further study, and recommended plant nurseries are distributed at the conclusion of the program.
ZOOM AUTHOR TALK: SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE MISSING YEAR
Sherlock Holmes fans the world over have long wondered what to make of 1896; the “Missing Year.” Of the fifty-six short stories and four novels, which constitute the canon of Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one year has remained a mystery – where on earth did Sherlock Holmes and his intrepid friend, Dr. John H. Watson, spend the better part of 1896? Finally we know! During a chance discovery, in the spring of 2020, a black pocket notebook belonging to Dr. Watson was discovered. The notebook contained Dr. Watson’s personal notes detailing an unpublished investigation of an international counterfeiting ring which drew Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson away from their warm flat at 221 B Baker Street, London, England, and across “the pond” to Glen Eyrie Castle, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a small town in the American west once known as Little London.
About the Author
John Wesley Anderson, MBA, is a published author, storyteller and TEDx speaker. Growing up on a small ranch in Colorado, John spent endless hours riding horses, collecting coins and reading. One of the first books he remembers reading was The Adventures of Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. After graduating high school in 1972 John joined the Colorado Springs Police Department where he enjoyed a 22-year career. John served six years as a homicide detective and taught criminal investigation courses. To teach investigative fundamentals, John shared quotes from the Canon of Sherlock Holmes, written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1995 John was elected Sheriff for El Paso County Colorado. Term-limited in 2003 he went to work for Lockheed Martin. In 2012 John retired from the corporate world to launch a private consulting business allowing him the freedom to pursue his love of writing, history and the arts.