Welcome to the John Openshaw Society

Where Houston’s Sherlockians Meet

We’re glad you’re here! The John Openshaw Society is a diverse group of Houstonians who gather regularly (both virtually and in-person) to indulge a common interest: Sherlock Holmes. Our meetings typically feature some juicy Sherlockian gossip (upcoming movies, shows, plays, books, and more), a presentation related to a Holmesian topic, a brief no-pressure online quiz, and some convivial fellowship.
Over the years our society has been featured in numerous press publications (such as the Houston Chronicle), and we’ve partnered with a number of institutions (like the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Alley Theatre, Theatre Suburbia, and others) to promote exhibitions and plays featuring Sherlock Holmes.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we typically hold a virtual meeting every other month which follows a relatively standard agenda (including the aforementioned presentation and quiz), though we also began scheduling casual in-person gatherings in late 2021, a practice we intend to continue. Keep an eye out on our Facebook calendar and sign up for email correspondence to stay current on our upcoming events. We hope you’ll join us!

Interested in joining the John Openshaw Society?

New Sherlockians are always welcome!

Latest Presentations

Rick Etchells Presents: An Exploration of The Extra-Holmesian Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

During our January 2020 meeting, Rick Etchells presented quite an interesting presentation titled An Exploration of The Extra-Holmesian Works of...

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Brian Clark Presents: The Adventure of the Stockbroker’s Clerk – A Brief Analysis

During our September 2019 meeting, First Pip Brian Clark presented an excellent analysis of our chosen reading, The Adventure of...

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Kevin Beard Presents: The Failures of Sherlock Holmes

During our meeting on January 27th, 2019, our member Kevin Beard presented a fascinating presentation on the Failures of Sherlock...

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