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Museum awarded Bookshelf Grant

The museum is happy to announce the award of a $2,021 MN Museum Bookshelf Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Grant Program.  The grant provides funds to purchase resource material related to mission, vision and governance, interpretation, collections stewardship, and management.  The grant also provides the beneficial opportunity to purchase resources specific to small institutions like ours.

February 2015 Events

Mark your calendars for this winter’s Dorothy Molter Museum events!  logonew11

Timed to coincide with the Ely Winter Festival, we are proud to once again partner with Vermilion Community College to offer a winter-themed, educational event we call Whirlwind!  Activities will focus on living in the Northwoods in winter and feature student-created learning stations as well as a toasty campfire and hot beverages to keep you warm. Join us Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for this free event. The Museum will be open for touring 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as well.

Also during Ely’s Winter Festival is our annual fundraising dinner on Friday, February 13. We invite you to an evening of good food, great friends and a lot of Dorothy stories! This event is integral in supporting the preservation and education work being done at the Dorothy Molter Museum. Event time, ticket prices and additional details coming soon!

More information on the Ely Winter Festival.

MN Legacy Grant

The Dorothy Molter Museum has received a MN Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to record an extensive collection of Dorothy Molter’s personal papers.  These papers are currently in archival storage and digital copies will be added to our collections management database.

Adding these materials to our data base will allow museum staff and the public to easily access Dorothy’s personal papers while keeping the originals intact therefore reducing the need to handle them.

Examples of these documents include correspondence from the United States Forest Service, personal correspondence, Christmas letters and numerous newspaper and magazine articles about Dorothy.


Harvest Moon Festival

Stop in and see us in Whiteside Park during the Harvest Moon Festival!   We’ll have a variety of KWITCHURBELIAKIN  merchandise, T-shirts, sale items and ROOT BEER, of course!

Sept. 5, 6, and 7-

Stop by for a $1 dollar off a tour coupon to use at the museum.

More information about the festival can be found at

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