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“Beecher...stands upon the top” [CARD] 

Some of us come to new subjects through organized education, some through happenstance, and others through force of nature.

The same might be said of the background and style of Henry Ward Beecher. According to Wikipedia,
"Henry Ward Beecher was the son of Lyman Beecher, a Calvinist minister who became one of the best-known evangelists of his era. Several of his brothers and sisters became well-known educators and activists, most notably Harriet Beecher Stowe, who achieved worldwide fame with her abolitionist novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Amherst College in 1834 and Lane Theological Seminary in 1837... He soon acquired fame on the lecture circuit for his novel oratorical style in which he employed humor, dialect, and slang. Over the course of his ministry, he developed a theology emphasizing God's love above all else."
Given that many evangelical leaders of the time preached fire and brimstone, the Beecher approach must have seemed quite unorthodox. Unorthodox in the way that a certain consulting detective's work was considered.

And now on to the lessons ahead at Baker Street Elementary...

Baker Street Elementary follows the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, as they and their friends work through the issues of elementary school in Victorian London. An archive of all previous episodes can be viewed at www.bakerstreetelementary.org.