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"I had never heard of the institution" [GREE] 

Every four years, the Baker Street Irregulars, the New York-based literary society dedicated to studying Sherlock Holmes, arranges an excursion somewhere in the United States. These events happen outside of the usual BSI Weekend, and like the weekend itself, are open to all interested Sherlockians.

The first in 2004 took the group to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania to the locales that inspired The Valley of Fear; then in 2008, the group went to Salt Lake City on the trail of A Study in Scarlet; in 2012, Los Angeles played host to a film-related conference. And in 2016, the group headed to the Chautauqua Institution for "The Mind and Art of Sherlock Holmes."

And this time, we were there! We managed to not only listen to and see some wonderful presentations, but we gave one of our own on the future of our little publication. But in the meantime, we nabbed a few of the speakers and got their stories — stories that went beyond the presentations. We even have some audio (and video clips below) of Philip Carli at the piano during the silent showings of the William Gillette film and Eille Norwood shorts. We even have some breaking news on a newly-discovered silent Sherlock Holmes film — the last one ever produced, in 1929.

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1:36 Intro
6:22 Sponsor: Wessex Press
7:34 On the ground in Chautauqua
9:12 Interview with computer science legend Alan Kay
12:39 Bonnie MacBird talks about the Vernet family
14:45 Glen Miranker takes us to the WWI trenches
20:30 Henry Boote, Sherlockian entertainer
24:09 Tim Greer on staging Sherlock Holmes
29:12 Sponsor: The Baker Street Journal
31:22 Silent films
34:30 Philip Carli at the piano during the Norwood films
37:15 Russell Merritt talks about the silent films — and a newly discovered one!
41:59 Philip Carli accompanies the Gillette film
44:42 Jeffrey Hatcher on his inspiration for Holmesian screenwriting and playwriting
53:12 Closing thoughts


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