TUESDAYS · August 14 · 2-3:30pm
$12 per child, per week · Ages 4 – 12 years old
Seats still available!

Advanced registration recommended:
(218) 365 4451

Be like the Root Beer Lady and make your very own root beer at this 1.5-hour program at the Dorothy Molter Museum!
Dorothy was known for selling homemade root beer to thousands of visitors each year at her island home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the early 1950s through 1986. Children are welcome to not only learn more about Dorothy and the story behind her root beer, but also take a guided tour through her original cabins AND make 32-oz of root beer to take home in a custom growler!  Parents need not attend with children but are welcome to stay.


Night at the Museum

Tuesday · August 14, 2018
7:00-9:00pm · Free


Take a step back in time and imagine visiting Dorothy on Knife Lake at dusk. Explore the museum via “candlelight,” sample Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer, take a twilight hike on the nature trail and make a S’more around a campfire.


Brew-it Yourself Class

Thursday · August 16 · 6-8:00pm
$15 per person · Seats still available!

Advanced registration required:
(218) 365 4451

This class is appropriate for ages 8 and up;
youth under 16 must be accompanied by a paid adult.


Learn how to make your own, homemade root beer just like Dorothy Molter, the Root Beer Lady of Knife Lake! Dorothy Molter sold her famous root beer to thousands of visitors each year from the early 1950s through 1986.

Learn more about Dorothy Molter and the story behind her root beer business with a private, guided tour through her original cabins. Then, make 32oz of your own root beer in a growler to take home and enjoy!

Can’t make this class? We can schedule private classes for groups of 6-10!


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Harvest Moon Festival Booth

September 7-9
Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm


Stop by and visit a spell at our booth in Whiteside Park (in Ely) or, if you are so inclined, volunteer an hour or two to sell canoe raffle tickets or ice-cold root beer! Let us know at

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Speaking Event for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning

Tuesday · September 18 · 1-2:30pm

Park Theatre on Main Avenue · Park Rapids, Minnesota


This program will cover the life history of Dorothy Molter and incorporate the history of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness through a slideshow presentation. If you are not familiar with the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning and would like to attend this free program, please contact them through their website.


Dorothy’s Root Beer Run

Saturday · September 22 · 8:45am Start

Advanced registration required through
the Ely Marathon

Participating children run 25 miles prior to marathon day (at your own pace) then, on race day, they will run the remaining 1.2 miles and finish the marathon along with the Ely Marathon finishers!

The museum will award the classroom or homeschool group with the most finishing children a special Dorothy Molter presentation and root beer float party!

Additional details and information available soon. Interested in volunteering?

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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