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Harvest Moon Festival

September 8-10
Whiteside Park, Ely


Stop by the museum’s booth and say “hello” during your visit to the park! Interested in volunteering? Let us know, we could really use your help!

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Ely Full & Half Marathon &
Dorothy’s Root Beer Run

Saturday, September 23
Marathon Info
Kid’s Marathon

Volunteer with us at Dorothy’s Water Stop or help us cheer on the kids running the Kid’s Marathon: Dorothy’s Root Beer Run finish line – sponsored by the Dorothy Molter Museum! (Registration, log sheets and details available at the links provided)

Additionally, the Museum is awarding the classroom/homeschool group with the most participating students in the Kid’s race a FREE classroom program and root beer float party! Are you or your students interested in participating in the kid’s marathon, Dorothy’s Root Beer Run? Learn more!

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Minnesota Association of Museums
Annual Conference

“Creating Healthy Communities”

September 27-29 · Grand Ely Lodge
Registration & Information


The Minnesota Association of Museums is heading north to Ely in September! This year, join with museum professionals from across our state and dig into how your institution, next program or exhibit, or your own position can be a part of creating healthy communities. Explore beautiful Ely as you participate in sessions, workshops, pub portage, listen to keynote speakers, and explore the museums on the edge of the Boundary Waters!



Ely Winter Festival Events

Museum Tours
Fundraising Dinner
Memorial Snowmobile Ride



Stay tuned for dates and details of our special events during Ely’s celebration of all things winter!.


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Dorothy Molter Experience:
Women’s Canoe Trip

June 2018
$755 per Participant (2017 rates)
Tell me more for 2018!


This fully outfitted and guided canoe trip will immerse you in the wilderness that was once home to Dorothy Molter, an independent thinker ahead of her time. During this all-women’s trip you will challenge yourself physically and enrich yourself mentally as you explore this pristine and wild country learning about the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters.

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Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Presentations on the life of Dorothy Molter 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
  • Root beer float socials using Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer

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.
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen