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“a man of good birth and excellent education” [FINA] 

Today marks what would have been the 163rd birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

And it's a wonderful time to enjoy the creations of Conan Doyle — not just Sherlock Holmes, but beyond. A number of energetic and enterprising individuals have developed outlets for Conan Doyle enthusiasts to express and share their interests.

A smattering of current offerings includes:

The Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection at the Toronto Public Library, preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary at a big event in September.

Then there's the newly-formed ACD Society, with its newsletter, awards and projects, including "The Terror of Blue John Gap" annotated edition, among other things. The site, created and updated by Ross Davies, is a great jumping-off point for all things about Conan Doyle and contains a definitive list of ACD-centric links and sites.

One of the great rabbit holes to explore is the Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia, with over 7,000 pages of wonderful history, descriptions, illustrations, and even full texts of some short stories.

There's even a podcast dedicated to Conan Doyle: Doings of Doyle, hosted by Mark Jones and Paul M. Chapman.

Speaking of podcasts, we've assembled a number of IHOSE episodes in which we've had Conan Doyle-centric conversations:

Meanwhile, it's time to celebrate 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.