Wanda the deer here and greetings from the great white north. Things have been kind of hard here with the deep snow, reports around Knife Lake show depths of 22-28 inches. It’s hard for us to get around but it’s hard for the wolves too so we have been holding our own. We’ve seen a few mushers heading in for some trout fishing but its tough going for them too with all the slush and more snow on top of it. Well, enough about the weather, let’s talk about what’s happening at the Dorothy Molter Museum.
The internet has been a great thing for the museum. According to Sarah, Terri and Theresa they sent out a record number of gift-shop orders and many, many cases of root beer this past Christmas. These sales really help out the museum at a time when not a whole lot of money is coming in. So, please remember if you need a special gift for someone we have great choices on our website at www.rootbeerlady.com.
Speaking of websites we received a grant to totally remodel our site and that should be up and running soon. The site will allow you to renew your membership online, order merchandise and upload photos from your own collections. Eventually we will be able to have our photo collection and individual items from our collection available to view online as well.
A special thanks to the following people who contributed to our penny drive:
Lois &Roger Carlson
George & Kari Lottes
Our Give to the Max Day on GiveMN.org generated $590 and with the match brought in a total of $1,180 to be used in shoring up the cabin foundations and getting new railings. Sadly, we did not get the Iron Range Resources grant to help defray the costs of those projects. We are confident though that we will come up with the resources to finish these important projects.
This past fall Sarah applied for a grant from Lake Country Power to have an 8-page study guide created for visiting school groups. We did not get the grant as the power company trust board was funding more humanitarian aid projects such as holiday food baskets, food shelf and heating assistance programs. The board did say that it was a very well written proposal and that we should apply again. This is very encouraging.
The 106 Group continues to move along with our Interpretive Planning Grant. We will hear their first presentation on Wednesday, January 26th. It will be exciting to see what they have come up with for helping us improve on how we tell Dorothy’s story.
And finally, don’t forget to take in some of our events during the Ely Winter Festival. They are list elsewhere in this newsletter and more information can be found at www.elywinterfestival.com
Best wishes for a happy 2011.