About the Museum

Our Mission

The Dorothy Molter Museum preserves and interprets Northwoods wilderness heritage through learning opportunities inspired by Dorothy Molter, the last non-indigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).


The Dorothy Molter Museum is a dynamic and widely recognized educational organization.  It is highly valued for its historical resources and educational impact.  The museum inspires the next generation of northwoods stewards through Dorothy’s legacy.  As we continue to remember Dorothy and keep her spirit alive, it is our hope that we all dedicate our lives to live as Dorothy did, in harmony with the environment, with great dignity, courage, helping humankind, and making a significant contribution toward a better world.


The Dorothy Molter Museum is working toward providing public access to the objects, photos and archives in the museum’s collection. Through grant funding and volunteer help, we have made great strides. Our long-range goal is to have collection details available to the public via this site and limited public access to physical items. Until that time, please contact us directly for information.

Strategic Plan

In December of 2012, the Museum’s Board of Directors adopted a five year strategic plan to guide our activities through 2017.  You may view the plan on line by clicking here.

Board of Directors

Sarah Guy-Levar, Executive Director
Pam Brunfelt, President
Gil Knight, Vice President
Sherry Abts, Secretary
Rob Talkington, Treasurer
Barb Cary Hall
Butch Diesslin
Bill Latady
Pam Meskan
Alyssa Nelson
Bill Tefft


Sarah Guy-Levar, Executive Director
Jess Edberg, Visitor Services Manager
Andie Mattei, Visitor Services Assistant
Nancy McCready, Tour Guide
Bob Niewierowski, Tour Guide
Becca Reiss, Interpreter
Kay Vandervort, Visitor Services Assistant

Speaker Services

Need a speaker with an inspiring story for your next event? Presentations on the life of Dorothy Molter are available year round. Presentations can be formatted to fit the needs of your organization and audience. Duration: Approximately 1 hour. 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
  • Root beer float socials using Dorothy’s Isle of Pines Root Beer

Program fee: $100-$500 plus travel expenses

Equipment requirement (if available): LCD projector and screen

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