NMSOBC History

NMSOBC History

The NMSOBC is the Original Sherlock Holmes Society of Portland Oregon and is a recognized scion of The Baker Street Irregulars of New York City.

Founded on January 6th, 1971 and led by James T. Covert, the eleven charter members first met on the campus of the University of Portland.


The name is taken from

“ The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

Published by Arthur Conan Doyle in January 1892.

The Society is dedicated to the scholarly pursuit and appreciation of the singular exploits, 

of the Wisest and Noblest of men, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. 

This Year (2015), we celebrate the 161th anniversary of, Sherlock Holmes and the 44th anniversary of the of The Most Noble and Most Singular Order of the Blue Carbuncle.


The NMSOBC has regular meetings in March, April,October and November during the year that include presentations on the theme for 2015: Club Member's Canonical Names. 

New members of the Blue Carbuncle Society are invited to choose a name for themselves from characters or objects in the stories or novels. This year we will explore these characters or objects in more depth, be it their past or their future.

In addition The Society also hosts guest speakers, and scholarly activities.  Our meetings are held in the afternoon on the second Saturday of the month. In addition to these meetings we also have special events that include:



Library Night: 

 Where we bring books and Victorian items to exchange or sell to each other.


Reichenbach Day:

 We dress in Victorian mourning attire and visit the falls in memory of the fateful fight to the death between Moriarty and Holmes. It is usually held at Multnomah Falls or Silver Falls. We gather afterwards at a local “ pub” for lunch.


Watson’s Birthday:

A picnic and games in the summer   included in the festivities is an auction with proceeds going to the society.


Annual Retreat:

 We have events throughout the retreat including an Evening of Elegance dinner, side trips to local spots of interest and many other fun activities. 


Goose Dinner:

This is potluck held in December, featuring a Roasted goose among other delicious dishes in the spirit of the holiday season.


Masters Dinner:

In January we hold the Masters Birthday Dinner. This is an elegant birthday party for Sherlock Holmes, at this event; we install new members, and initiate our officers for the coming year.

This is a member’s only event.





For more informationon on becoming a member or attending one of our events, please contact us at: BlueCarbuncle1971@gmail.com.





Last update 01/07/2015 

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