Sunday, December 14, 2014

AMS History Book

Treasures from the Archives of The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit
Edited by Christopher Music, BSI

FROM THE LOWER VAULT is an archival history of one of the Baker Street Irregular's oldest
scion societies—The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit. With the encouragement of Vincent
Starrett, the AMS was founded in 1946 by fellow newspaperman Russell McLauchlin of the
Detroit News—and is still active and thriving today—nearly 70 years later.

The Amateur Mendicant Society of Detroit is very fortunate to have in its possession a rich archive
of documents dating back to the 1940s—letters, scholarly papers, magazine and newspaper
articles, dinner programs, photographs, and much more, and FROM THE LOWER VAULT
highlights many of the most important items found in that archive.

FROM THE LOWER VAULT brings to light for the first time in decades the earliest documents
from the club's founding and early history. Contained are writings from Sherlockian giants like
Russell McLauchlin, Bill Rabe, Robert G. Harris, Vincent Starrett, Edgar W. Smith & many others.

It is also a look back to bygone era—a Golden Age in Detroit history—when fellow Sherlockians
used typewriters, sent telegrams, handwrote letters, and met in long forgotten clubs in order to
discuss the most important issues of the day—Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson.

Members who attend the January 31st dinner can purchase a copy for a special price of $20.   Otherwise, it can be purchased as follows:

Price: $25 PPD via PayPal to

or checks payable to "Amateur Mendicant Society"
Christopher Music
6717 Snow Apple Dr.
Clarkston, MI 48346