The End of an Era

Thirty years ago on December 18th, one of history’s great figures, Dorothy Molter, left this world. Perhaps Dorothy wasn’t considered a “great” figure to the majority of the world, or even a significant proportion of it, but her impact on the Ely Area, its residents and the thousands of annual visitors who she interacted with …

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Thank you for Giving to the Max!

Thank you to the generous individuals and families who helped us raise funds to support our exhibit in development! Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is an annual event hosted by the fundraising collaborative GiveMN.org, which focuses on supporting Minnesota’s many diverse non-profit organizations and schools that rely on charitable giving.  To build enthusiasm and help …

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Closed for the Season

Thank you all for a wonderful 2016 season! We had the privilege of meeting thousands of guests from all over the world and sharing the story of Dorothy Molter with them. Although we will not be offering regularly scheduled public hours, we are still available to host groups of 8 or more as staffing allows. …

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Fall Hours

The museum has officially changed to fall hours and will be open on Saturdays only in October. Hours remain at 10am-5pm with optional guided tours most days. Please check our Hours & Admission page for day-to-day details on activities and tour availability. If you are visiting us this fall with at least seven (7) other people, we’d …

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Visit our Off-site Exhibits

Did you know that the Dorothy Molter Museum has two satellite exhibits in Ely? Three Stars of the North is located at the Ely-Winton Historical Museum and a Dorothy Molter Kiosk is located at the USFS Kawishiwi Ranger Station – both here in Ely! The Ely-Winton Historical Society operates a small history museum located inside …

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Cocktails at the Cabins

Joins us for our annual fall event celebrating the beverage that helped make Dorothy famous: Root Beer! A variety of concoctions and sweet treats will be available to sample during this “after work” gathering. We will also have the ever-popular Minnesota Trivia  with fabulous prizes. Guests interested in partaking in cocktails must be 21 years …

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Summer Newsletter

The summer issue of our member newsletter was mailed in early August but we want everyone to see it so we are posting it here, just for you!  Would you like to receive the print version of this informative publication by the Dorothy Molter Museum and support our mission as well? Learn more!


Tuesday Night Live!

LAST DAY IS AUGUST 16! Camp KWITCHURBELIAKIN and our guided Northwoods Discovery Hike will both be offered on Tuesdays through August 16. Camp K is a great opportunity for kids aged 3-12 years old to learn about the Northwoods Dorothy called home through outdoor activities including games, crafts and projects. This year’s theme is FISH! Camp …

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Donuts at Dorothy’s

Join us Sunday, August 7 from 11am-2pm for coffee an’ (coffee and donuts, that is) to celebrate Dorothy Molter as well as raise funds for a new, original musical based on the famous Bob Cary book The Root Beer Lady. Bob’s daughter and museum board member, Barb Cary Hall is in the final stages of …

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Dorothy’s Trading Post – OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

Can you believe this face-lift? We at the Dorothy Molter Museum have been working feverishly to bring you this fresh new chapter to Dorothy’s story. Over the past six months, staff have been preparing new content, updating old content and brainstorming ways to make rootbeerlady.com more visually appealing, have better navigation, and include more educational information. Part of …

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