The Real World of Sherlock — Co-sponsorship with the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of New York invites you to

The Real World of Sherlock

a talk by Professor B. J. Rahn, co-sponsored by The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes

Thursday, April 28, The English-Speaking Union

144 East 39th Street, New York City

$15 for ESU National Patrons
$25 for ESU and ASH members
$35 for Non-members

ESU National Patrons are invited to enjoy a private
Champagne Reception with B.J. Rahn in the Executive
Director’s office at 6 pm, prior to her talk.

6:30 p.m.

Based on the new paperback edition of The Real World of Sherlock, this lecture explores how closely (or not) Holmes’ fictional world represents Victorian life. It provides a fascinating insight into crime and detection in nineteenth-century London by tracing how the work of police detectives and CSI evolved in this era. From footprint analysis and human blood testing to fingerprinting and crime-scene photography, comparing Holmes’ methods with official procedures yields several surprises—as does research into Sherlock’s fabled drug addiction. Analysis of Holmes and the Fair Sex reveals that despite his antifeminist remarks, Holmes’ actions speak louder than his words, as he befriends female clients, earns the trust of reluctant witnesses, and protects helpless victims. Holmes was very much a man of his time, attuned to social issues, ready to accept new ideas and to challenge unjust or inequitable practices and thereby help to reshape society. He was a quintessential Victorian.

Professor B. J. Rahn, a former member of the English Department at Hunter College in New York, has been teaching, researching, and writing about crime fiction for over two decades. She also leads detective walking tours in the U.K. which visit sites of several renowned authors.

For information, contact Ed Mohylowski at or 212-818-1200, ext. 218. 

The Lecture Series of the New York Branch receives generous support from the Drue Heinz Trust.


2016 ASH Spring Luncheon Scheduled


Sunday 3 April 2016 at Noon


The Fillmore Room (formerly Moran’s) 146 Tenth Avenue at 19th Street, New York City


Spring Luncheon:  Buffet & Cash Bar

Contributions to the Program Sought

Cost of the Meal: $55 per Person

For further details:  CLICK HERE


Jan Stauber Grant — The Beacon Society


The Beacon Society — Jan Stauber Grant

Once again, applications are being accepted for the Jan Stauber Grant.

The mission is to provide needed financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes.

Let your librarians, teachers, or other professionals who are interested in teaching young people about Sherlock Holmes know.

For further information, please visit the following link:

The Beacon Society — Jan Stauber Grant

Members-only Section Active!

ASH members!

The new members-only section is now active!

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Once you have logged in, please check and update your personal information.


–Monica M. Schmidt, ASH, JHWS

Welcome to the new ASH website!

We are pleased to announce the LAUNCH of our NEW website!

After many months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of the official website of The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes on January 12, 2016.

The new site features:

*Archival information from the original site.
*Information about upcoming and past ASH-related events.
*A calendar of upcoming ASH events.
*Searchable and sortable databases of both BSI and ASH investitures.
*Current and archival highlighted articles from The Serpentine Muse.
*Ability to purchase subscriptions to The Serpentine Muse via PayPal.

Coming Soon:

*Members-only section.


–Monica M. Schmidt, ASH, JHWS