Due to the pandemic, there is the possibility that programs listed below may change without notice.


Annual Museum Fundraising Events

Feb 3-10, 2022

Virtual & In-person

Online Silent Auction
Feb 3-10

Our online fundraiser will be through 32auctions.com once again and filled with amazing goods and services – Check it out!

Museum Tours
Feb 3-13

The Museum will be open to the public on weekends or by appointment. Buy tickets in advance or contact us to see if an appointment is available.

Whilrwind! Community Event
Saturday, Feb 5, 11am-2pm

Dress warmly and join us at the Museum to explore the many skills that Dorothy employed in the winter. VCC students will have various interpretive stations featuring winter travel, ice harvesting, shelters and more!

Virtual Gathering Webinar
Thursday, Feb 10, 7pm

Join us via Zoom for a one-hour program dedicated to Dorothy’s legacy!

Register here


BW Experience: Dorothy’s by Dogsled

March 3-6 · Pre-registration Required


This program is a GO! Available seats: 5
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 Lake and camp on the east end of the lake, near Dorothy’s Isle of Pines.

Your outdoor adventure awaits!


Dorothy Molter Experience: Women’s Canoe Trip

June 21-25 · Pre-registration Required


4 min/7 max participation
Available seats: 7
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 -your outdoor adventure awaits!


kids with rootbeer

Dorothy’s Root Beer Run: Children’s Marathon

Sept 24 · 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  [email protected]
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen

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