History Happy Hour
Iconic Holiday Foods
(with a few samples)

Wednesday, December 20 · 5pm · Free

Hosted at the Ely Boathouse Brewpub by our director, Jess Edberg as an independent program from the DMM to promote and inspire learning about history

Interested in local Ely history but also want to enjoy a tasty beverage? This program is for you!

HHH is an informal, casual drop-in program offering a snippet of local history in about the time it takes to drink a pint of ale (approx 30 min).

This monthly program is offered the third Wednesday of the month at the Boathouse Lookout Lounge. This program is free but ordering a beverage is strongly encouraged to support the venue in continuing this program.



Whirlwind! Open House

Saturday, February 3 · 11am-2pm


The Museum will be open to the public 10am-4pm with free admission – please dress warmly, the historic cabins are not heated. Complimentary hot drinks and a warming fire available 11-2.

It’s our annual winter extravaganza open house to celebrate winter and offer learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy’s life living in the wilderness during the coldest months of the year.

Outdoor activity and learning stations led by students in MN North College-Vermilion Campus’ (VCC) Wilderness & Parks Mgmt Program will offer topics such as winter survival & shelters, ice cutting, snowshoeing and more!

Annual Fundraising Dinner
Our Plaid Tie Event

Wednesday, February 7 · 5-7:30pm
Cash bar open at 4:30pm

Join us for our big shindig this winter! We’ll be celebrating 31 years of mission-driven Northwoods education through the lens of Dorothy’s life so you won’t want to miss this.

Online silent auction, raffle buckets, door prizes, canoe raffle drawing, dinner and program – not to mention FUN! Held at the Grand Ely Lodge in Ely.

BW Experience: Dogsled to Dorothy’s

Feb 29-March 3, 2024 · Pre-registration required

$1,625/Member (2023 Price)
$1,850/Non-member (2023 Price)

2 min/4 max participation
Available seats: 2 (as of 11/30)
Must be 18+

Join the Dorothy Molter Museum and Hauling Dogs, LLC on this unique adventure “up to Dorothy’s” in the winter by dogsled!

Travel from Moose Lake Landing up to Knife where you’ll camp for two nights, visit Dorothy’s Isle of Pines, and spend time trout fishing. Your outdoor adventure awaits!


Dorothy Molter Experience: Women’s Canoe Trip

June 11-15, 2024 · TRIP FULL
Follow the link below to get on the wait list


4 min/7 max participation
Must be 18+

Check out this fantastic, women’s-only trip to Knife Lake in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and learn about the last (non-indigenous), permanent resident, Dorothy Molter.

Fully outfitted and guided through Ely Outfitting Company – your outdoor adventure awaits!



Museum Fundraiser
Root Beer & Beer Garden
Ely Marathon Weekend

3rd Weekend in Sept · Friday & Saturday

All proceeds go toward the Dorothy Molter Museum

Help the Museum raise funds with a frosty beverage of your choice during the Friday night 5K race and Saturday marathon events!

Located right off the race finish line, ice-cold Dorothy’s along with several tap beers and adult seltzers will be on hand to quench the thirst of those racing and cheering.

kids with rootbeer

Dorothy’s Root Beer Run: Children’s Marathon

3rd Weekend in Sept · Pre-registration Required

$15/child (scholarships available)

A race for kids! Children must run 25 miles PRIOR to race day where they finish the last 1.2 miles on the Ely Marathon/Half Marathon race route.

Finishers receive a race medal, bottle of Dorothy’s root beer with additional prizes for top racers.

Speaker Services & Programs

Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Want to offer a fun party activity? Presentations (virtual and in-person) on the life of Dorothy Molter and/or root beer making events are available year-round. Presentations can be formatted to fit the needs of your organization and audience, and include additional topics such as the Boundary Waters, Northwoods ecology, and wilderness living.

Dorothy’s story is perfect for all ages and can be told at:

  • Club meetings
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner events
  • Conferences
  • Conventions
  • Corporate retreats
  • Special events & birthdays
  • Root beer float socials or parties using Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer

Speaker Program fee: $25 per hour presentation plus travel expenses (time to travel, cost of travel, lodging, meals, etc.); Discounts available for programs in the Ely Area.
Root Beer Float or Root Beer Making Party fee: Per person fee based on type of program interest and audience type, call/email for a quote! 218 365 4451  info@rootbeerlady.com
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen

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