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Sherlock Holmes is 130 years old and has returned to campus

 MONMOUTH, Ill. – In celebration of the 130th anniversary of the creation/first appearance of Sherlock Holmes, a Monmouth College English class has been studying the works of Arthur Conan Doyle and his famous detective.

Instructed by Kevin Roberts, students in “Sherlock Holmes and Other Victorian Detectives” will pay tribute to the master detective with a special event on Sept. 29 that coincides with the College’s Family Weekend.

Free and open to the public, Mrs. Hudson’s Tea will be served from 3-4 p.m. on the main floor of the Mellinger Learning Center with a special guest, nationally-known Sherlockian William Cochran.

At noon Cochran will speak in the Barnes Electronic Classroom of Hewes Library.

“The game is again afoot in Monmouth,” said Roberts. “Thus, all one need do is open your hearts, open your eyes and open your mind, and you will witness the world where it is always 1895.”

Mrs. Hudson’s Tea has been a long-standing tradition with the Baker Street Irregulars, a society dedicated to the study and preservation of Sherlock Holmes and his adventures. Formal tea in the traditional British style with finger sandwiches and other light refreshment will be available. The hour will be spent discussing the importance of the canon of Doyle’s work and meeting new individuals interested in Holmes.

Cochran has been writing about the world of Sherlock Holmes for more than four decades. He is a former editor of The Baker Street Journal, co-editor of (and prolific contributor to) the well-received Commanding Views from the Empty House and co-founder of “The Occupants of the Empty House of Southern Illinois.”

For nearly 40 years, Cochran has served as president of the latter organization, with the support of the members who spend one night a month enjoying the prime detective.

The first Sherlock Holmes story, “A Study in Scarlet,” was published by Doyle in 1887.