Who Was Dorothy?

Dorothy Molter was the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). After her passing in 1986, her homestead was dismantled in 1987 and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely where volunteers restored two of her cabins at the current site of the Dorothy Molter …

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The Root Beer Lady

Using root beer syrup (either from the Ely A&W, the grocery store or ordered in bulk through the Boy Scout Base), sugar and yeast, Dorothy took the clear, cold water from Knife Lake to home-brew her very own root beer. Her recipe was not a secret (and is available at the museum) but the end …

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Come see us!

This season kicked off Saturday, May 28! The museum is now open from 10:00am-5:00pm daily through the Ely Harvest Moon Festival in September. Our 2016 community events and programming schedule is ready and waiting for you to plan your visit to the Dorothy Molter Museum – where the welcome is always warm and the root beer …

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Women’s Canoe Trip 2016

Seats are full for 2016 but we are planning the 2017 trip dates! The Dorothy Molter Museum and Ely Outfitting Company & Boundary Waters Guide Service is proud to offer the second annual Dorothy Molter Experience Trip! This fully-outfitted and guided canoe trip will immerse you in the wilderness that was once home to Dorothy …

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