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

Join us for weekly Facebook Live chats! Offered Friday or Saturday in the afternoons, these brief videos include topics related to the Museum property, Dorothy’s life or retail items we think you may be interested in learning more about.



Virtual Silent Auction & Fundraiser

February 4-14 · 100% Online

Free online registration to make bids

View Auction


We are kicking off 2021 with a new take on our traditional event and you are invited to participate!

Partnering with 32 Auctions, our annual fundraising event will be online and accessible to anyone who wishes to participate. Stay tuned as items will be uploaded as they are received.

*Shipping available for Canada and the U.S. only, some items are pick-up only

Annual Gathering Webinar

February 11 · via Zoom

Details TBD*

Zoom is a free-to-use, online way meet virtually by
video. You can use your computer or smartphone to
do it as long as you have an internet connection.
If you don’t have a computer or smartphone, you
can call in on a telephone number to listen only.


Another new take on our traditional February events!

Partnering with Vermilion Community College, the Museum will be offering an evening webinar program that will feature a brief update on how the Museum handled the past year (!), share details about the online fundraising auction and a special, never-before-shared historic video of Isle of Pines from January 1987.

*This even will be free to Members, possible small suggested donation for non-members.


Dorothy Molter Experience: Women’s Canoe Trip

June 22-26 · Pre-registration Required

$775/person · 4 min/7 max participation



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. Learn more about this trip!


Dorothy’s Root Beer Run
Kids’ Marathon

Sept 25 · 8:45am · Pre-registration Required

$15/child  (scholarships available: run@elymarathon.com)

Finishers will receive the Ely Marathon 2021 medal, bottle of Dorothy Molter’s Isle of Pines Root Beer and finishers’ shirt. Awards for the top 3 male and female finishers.


Build strength, endurance and perseverance just like Dorothy!

Racers must complete 25 miles of running/jogging/fast walking PRIOR to race day and then, on race day, they will complete the final 1.2 miles of the course and finish with the marathon runners.

It’s possible to watch the kids start their race and then walk over to the finish line at Whiteside Park to see them finish!

Marathon Video!

Speaker Services & Programslogonoshadow

Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Want to offer a fun party activity? Presentations 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   info@rootbeerlady.com
Duration: One hour minimum
Minimum equipment requirement: Access to electricity and a projector screen