Our last day of Holmes in the Heartland started off with a nice group tour of the Rare Book Room at the Becker Medical Library. Our guide had personalized the displays for us with many items relating to Victorian London and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
We were presented with the history of Doyle's medical college in Edinburgh, how dissection had previously relied on grave robbers, a book written by Dr. Joseph Bell, "The Manual of Operations," "The Doctors of Hoyland" story written by Doyle, as well as many other important pieces of medical history, including the brief rhinoceros fad that swept England. It was a nice and informative tour of a hidden, but important, part of our city!
After the Becker tour, we moved on to The London Tea Room, where we took up the large back room for a delightful afternoon tea. Finger sandwiches, scones, desserts, and of course, a wide selections of teas were enjoyed by everyone before we all had to go our separate ways and bring the weekend to an end.
Homes in the Heartland was a huge success, and such a fun weekend! After months of planning, it was beyond rewarding to see all of our local Sherlockians and out of town guests enjoying and intermixing. We have received lots of positive feedback from people and thank everyone who joined us this weekend.
And if you are in the St. Louis area, don't forget to join us for our next Parallel Case of St. Louis meeting on September 8th to discuss "The Adventure of the Stockbroker's Clerk." Come at once if convenient!