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June 20 – August 15
$10 per Child (4-12)
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Guided Nature Walk

June 20 – August 15
Free with Admission
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Dorothy Day

Sunday, June 25


Plan your visit to the museum on this day to take advantage of our annual event to celebrate Dorothy through community fellowship. Admission is free all day and tour guides will be on-hand to share Dorothy’s unique story. An activity station will feature a take-home craft that is easy to make for all ages and abilities. Light refreshments provided.



Night at the Museum

Tuesday, July 18



Although our museum objects don’t “come alive” after dark, we offer a chance to see the museum by candlelight and imagine living up on the Isle of Pines without electricity to wash away the darkness in the old, log cabins. Take a twilight hike on our nature trail or simply relax by the bonfire and enjoy a s’more!

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Blueberry Arts Festival

July 28-30
Whiteside Park, Ely



Stop by and visit the museum’s booth for an ice-cold root beer while shopping and exploring what Ely’s biggest event of the year has to offer! Interested in volunteering? Let us know!



Root Beer Lady: The Musical
World Premiere

August 3, 4, 5 & 6
Ely’s Washington Auditorium
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At long-last, the musical based on Bob Cary’s book, The Root Beer Lady, will premiere this summer! Tickets are available in advance and at the door with a portion of each ticket sale going to support the Dorothy Molter Museum. Follow this event on Facebook!


Donuts at Dorothy’s & ‘Beers with Bob

Sunday, August 6


Stop on by for some coffee ‘an while we celebrate not just Dorothy but also one of her good friends, Bob Cary. Bob Cary’s Office exhibit in the Cady Cabin will be taking a hiatus after this season so that its irreplaceable objects and archives may take a much-needed rest from being on display. Donuts and coffee will be provided and we’ll have special discounts on Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer!


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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!

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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!



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)
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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