Community Benefits Statement

Professional Credibility

  • Partner with the Minnesota Historical Society and Women in History Interest Affinity Group and the American Association for State and Local History
  • Member of the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums, the Northland History Coalition, the Minnesota Association of Museums and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites
  • Provides an internship opportunity annually for students interested in small museum management, collections care and historical interpretation
  • Recipient of 2013 AMM Promising Leadership Award

Promoting Our Heritage

  • Promotes and preserves Ely’s rich cultural and natural history in-person and virtually (
  • Secured Dorothy Molter as a “Woman of History” on Google, Inc’s Field Trip application for smart phones and tablets
  • Secured an oral history grant through the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant Program to capture and preserve the stories of Dorothy’s friends and supporters
  • Secured grants for photo and archival collections preservation through the Minnesota Historical Society
  • Secured grants from Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation Board grants to develop Creating the Boundary Waters: 25 objects, 25 Stories and Birds’ Landing at Dorothy’s

Economic Stimulation

  • Instrumental in bringing the 2017 Minnesota Association of Museums Annual Conference to Ely
  • Is a producer/wholesale distributor of nationally-known Ely-centric product Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer to over 20 Ely Area businesses as well as around the State of Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, northwestern Wisconsin and Sandpoint, Idaho
  • Promotes Ely tourism through advertising in regional outlets
  • Hosts a minimum of three free community events & weekly root beer making programming during peak tourist season
  • Hosts annual fundraising dinner at the Grand Ely Lodge
  • Proud to provide donation items for local and regional youth and organizational fundraisers and events


  • Collaborates with the Ely Winter Festival and Vermilion Community College’s Wilderness & Park Mgmt Program for Whirlwind!, an annual free community event
  • Partners with the Ely-Winton Historical Society for special events and exhibits
  • Collaborated with the Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club for a 30th anniversary Dorothy Molter Memorial Snowmobile Ride
  • Partners with the Ely Marathon to provide Dorothy’s Root Beer Run Children’s Marathon
  • Coordinates volunteer projects both for museum and community improvement with organizations including Outward Bound, Eco-Club, Vermilion Community College and Northern Tier High Adventure Base

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