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National Nurses Week is May 6 – May 12th, 2014

On Tuesday, May 6th, museum Curator Mary Parks delivered flowers to Ely nurse Dawn Anderson in memory of Dorothy Molter and in honor of nurses everywhere.

On Tuesday, May 6th, museum Curator Mary Parks delivered flowers to Ely nurse Dawn Anderson in memory of Dorothy Molter and in honor of nurses everywhere.

National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6th to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society.

The day marks the beginning of National Nurses Week and – coincidentally – Dorothy Molter’s birthday.  

Widely known as “the Root Beer Lady” Molter, a registered nurse, was also known as “the Nightingale of the Wilderness” for the first aid she provided in the Boundary Waters.

National Nurses’ Week  ends May 12th  - the birthday of Florence Nightingale.

New Dorothy Molter Exhibit at Forest Service Visitor Center

The Forest Service Visitor Center in Ely is the site of a new exhibit featuring Dorothy Molter!One of Dorothy Molters spiral bound guest books displayed

Created by the Dorothy Molter Museum in conjunction with the Forest Service, the exhibit provides a brief introduction to Dorothy Molter and an invitation to visit the Dorothy Molter Museum for more of her story.

Dorothy Molter exhibit inside the Forest Service Visitor CenterThe exhibit also includes photographs and artifacts from the museum’s collection, including an original bottle of root beer made with Knife Lake water and one of Dorothy’s spiral bound guest books.

The Forest Service Visitor Center is located at 1393 Hwy 169 in Ely, just east of the Dorothy Molter Museum. The Visitor Center is open 8 – 4:30, M-F, and 8 – 4:30 seven days a week from May 1 – September 30th.

Dorothy Molter Museum Receives Two Grants For Community Bird Feeding Area

The Dorothy Molter Museum in Ely has received two grants for its recently established Community Bird Feeding Area.  

Members of Ely Community Resource's ECO Club learn about using binoculars for bird watching outside the Dorothy Molter Museum.   Photo by Bill Tefft.

Members of Ely Community Resource’s ECO Club learn about using binoculars for bird watching outside the Dorothy Molter Museum. Photo by Bill Tefft.

The Ely Rotary Club has donated $700 towards the construction of a fence, and Lake Country Power has donated $500 towards the creation of educational signage.

Otherwise known as “The Root Beer Lady”, Dorothy Molter was famous for much more than just making Root Beer. One of the other things she was known for was her love of birds. 

In her 1955 bird essay, Dorothy wrote:

“Bird-watching is a fascinating hobby. There is always something new to see and something new to learn, and never a dull moment. I don’t envy city dwellers who miss all this.”

A remarkable assortment of birds visited the feeders around Dorothy’s home on Knife Lake, and she easily went through 1,000 pounds of seed a year. Dorothy particularly enjoyed sharing these birds with the many people that visited her.

A young visitor displays a pine cone bird feeder she made at the museum.  Photo by Scott Brennan.

A young visitor displays a pine cone bird feeder she made at the museum. Photo by Scott Brennan.

In 2013, the Dorothy Molter Museum established a new bird feeding area to continue sharing Dorothy’s love of birds. 

With its location between the tall trees of the Jon Rozman memorial forest and the meadow-like environment of the Ely Cemetery, the Museum is ideally situated to attract a wide range of birds throughout the year.

A variety of feeder types also helps to attract a range of different birds, and the Community Bird Feeding Area  includes ten different feeders stocked with an array of food.

Museum board member Sherry Abts with two visitors to the Community Bird Feeding Area.  Photo by Bill Tefft.

Museum board member Sherry Abts with two visitors to the Community Bird Feeding Area. Photo by Bill Tefft.

Other features of the bird feeding area include a  selection of field guides for on-site reference and a take-home brochure containing bird food recipes.

The new bird feeding area is one of the many new ways in which the museum is inspiring the next generation of Northwoods citizens and stewards through the legacy of Dorothy Molter. 

The museum is located on HWY 169 at the east end of Ely. There is no charge to visit the bird feeding area, which is open to the public year round.

To make a contribution towards the museum’s cost of bird seed, please                                                                                        contact museum curator Mary Parks at 218-365-4451.

New Member Special – Free kwitchurbeliakin Jigsaw Puzzle

Dorothy Molter was a strong, plain-spoken woman. She didn’t swear or curse, but she didn’t mince words either. Her philosophy for surviving in the wilderness could be summed up by a sign at her home on Knife Lake: kwitchurbeliakin. Deal with your problems. Do what needs to be done. Don’t waste time belly-aching and complaining when you could be working, achieving and making things better for yourself and others.1848

Kwitchurbeliakin is an approach to life that served Dorothy well for the 56 years she lived in the Boundary Waters, and it’s a philosophy we still subscribe to at the Dorothy Molter Museum.

The Museum showcases Dorothy’s rugged lifestyle and the resourcefulness that enabled her to live in the wilderness year after year. It also celebrates Dorothy’s love and respect for nature, as well as the strength any individual can draw from finding true independence in life.

The values at the core of her spirit made Dorothy Molter an inspiring and remarkable woman who embodied the inspiration of the Northwoods wilderness.

Join the museum today and help us share these values with the next generation of Northwoods citizens and stewards.

Membership starts as low as $25, and benefits include free admission to the museum, our quarterly newsletter ,  and 10% off all merchandise in our gift shop and on-line storeincluding root beer.

Join now, and you’ll also receive a free 5 x 7″ kwitchurbeliakin jigsaw puzzle.

To take advantage of this special offer,  call the museum at 218-365-4451 or email mary@rootbeerlady.com.

Already a member? Mention this offer when you renew and we’ll send you a free puzzle, too.

Thisl offer is good though April 30th, 2014.

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