The Priory Scholars of NYC

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Priory Scholars of NYC
2023 Meetings

April 22 – The Hound of the Baskervilles
July 15 – story TBA
October 7 – story TBA

Priory Scholars of NYC Fall 2022 Meeting

Dear Scholars,

We are delighted to invite you to join us in-person for the 2022 Autumn session of the Priory Scholars. Class will be held on Saturday, October 22, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. EDT. Follow in Holmes’ footsteps, and join us at THE CHURCHILL TAVERN,, 45 East 28th Street, New York, NY 10016, located between Madison and Park Avenues, around the corner from the 28th Street subway station for the 4 and 6 trains.

While precautions around COVID remain a concern, we will follow all NYC guidelines for indoor dining that The Churchill requires. While not currently required, plea be ready to show proof of vaccination and booster if needed on the day of the meeting. As always, if you feel sick, please do not come. Simply let us know via email (, and we can discuss how your payment can be transferred or refunded.

The story for the meeting is “The Beryl Coronet.” >>Registration and more information

– The Faculty of PSNYC

Priory Scholars in the Wall Street Journal, July 2016
In case you missed our Summer School class, here is one reporter’s view: “On the Trail of Sherlock Holmes Buffs: Ralph Gardner Jr. goes to a meeting of The Priory Scholars of NYC and gets an earful,” Wall Street Journal,(online, July 27, 2016 and print edition, July 28, 2016)

Photos of the Priory Scholars of NYC Fall Meeting – Saturday, October 21, 2017

Created in 1954, The Priory Scholars of NYC (PSNYC) was founded by Chris Steinbrunner and friends and is a Sherlock Holmes scion society. Rising from the slumber of a recent hiatus (2007-2011), PSNYC has been re-booted so as to take full advantage of 21st century technology while at the same time exploring its rich and storied past. Our primary focus is the discussion of the canon, while using supplemental material (both classic papers as well as works-in-progress) to fine-tune/challenge/enhance one’s experience of the 60 primary texts. On the social side we want to heartily welcome back any original PSNYC-ers, as well as invite any recently minted Sherlockians and Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts to what we hope will be a rip-roaring raucously cerebral celebration of Holmes and Watson…with some occasional homework – but the fun kind. Please check back here for updates, upcoming events and information. And please feel free to contact us for any reason either via Facebook at or e-mail at


Headmaster and Debate Master – Nick Martorelli
Economics Master – Christopher Zordan
Web Master – Rachel Klingberg
Quiz Master – Raj Pandravada
Archivist – Tamar Zeffren
Headmistress Emerita – Judith Freeman
German Master – Position available


  1. Warren Randall · · Reply

    Well done. An excellent place to visit and learn. Thank you

  2. How do I join this society?

    1. Hello, you are welcome to come to our next meeting on October 22, 2016. We will post updated information about how to register at the top of this page.

    2. Philip J. Makowski, MD · · Reply

      I am having difficulty finding information in regard to Society membership requirements.

      1. All you have to do is attend our meetings, there is no formal membership roster.

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