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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.

6th Grade Teacher Uses Dorothy’s Story to Inspire 230 Students Each Year

6th Graders at Becker Middle School Mixing a Batch of Homemade Root Beer

6th Graders at Becker Middle School Mixing a Batch of Homemade Root Beer

Sharon Meyers teaches Minnesota History to 6th graders at Becker Middle School in Becker, Minnesota.    As an experienced teacher, Sharon knows that a lot of kids think reading text books is b-o-r-i-n-g.  To engage her students , Sharon came up with a great way to jump start the school year: She teaches them about Dorothy Molter, one of Minnesota’s most inspiring cultural icons.

During a visit to the Dorothy Molter Museum several years ago,  Sharon took detailed pictures of the museum’s displays.  Back at Becker Middle School, Sharon laminated the pictures and set up stations around her classroom, essentially re-creating the layout of the museum site.

A Paper Canoe Paddle Decorates a Student's Locker at Becker Middle School

A Paper Canoe Paddle Decorates a Student’s Locker at Becker Middle School

Then, during “Dorothy Molter Day,” Sharon asked her students to go around the room and visit each station.  They learned about Dorothy’s paddle fence,  her homemade root beer, and the strength that Dorothy needed to survive the challenges of life in the Northwoods.

“Dorothy Molter Day” is now a well established tradition at Becker Middle School, and children look forward to being in 6th grade because they know they will get a chance to brew their own root beer and create a canoe paddle to decorate their lockers.

The “Dorothy Molter Day” activities have even expanded beyond Sharon’s class to include all 6th graders at Becker Middle School.  Now, thanks to Sharon’s creative teaching style, approximately 230 students hear Dorothy Molter’s story every year.  Many of them have so much fun that they convince their parents to bring them to the museum for a visit!

Does Sharon’s story inspire you to teach others about Dorothy Molter?

The Dorothy Molter Museum has a free, downloadable education guide to get you started!

 

 

 

 

 

Dorothy Molter Exhibit at Ely Community Center Library Ends This Week

Dorothy Molter Exhibit at Ely Community Center

Dorothy Molter Exhibit at Ely Community Center

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.”

Through March 9th, 2014, objects reflecting Dorothy’s love of birds are on display inside the lobby of the Ely Community Center. The exhibit offers a close-up view of several treasures from the collection of the Dorothy Molter Museum, including Dorothy’s 1955 bird essay, bird books from Dorothy’s personal library, and a 1963 bird quilt.

Located in the Community Center foyer just outside the Ely Public Library, the exhibit also highlights some of the exciting new educational programs being offered by the Dorothy Molter Museum.

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