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Go to this page to support Marie Dressler Foundation online.

Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in October. Full details here.


Marie Dressler House

MDH with new sign

The history of the Marie Dressler House is here.  It is now the home of the Interactive Canadian Women in Film Museum.

Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

The Marie Dressler Museum has been expanded and is now called "Canadian Women in Film Museum".


Opening hours for 2023
By appointment only - see About Us page

Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit at other times


Latest Bursaries

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    Olivia Rapsos 2019

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    Ben Hughes 2018

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    Sydney Stewart 2018

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    Stephanie Kooman 2017

  • Isabell Haig

    Isabell Haig - 2022

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    Mackenzie Earle 2017

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    Morgan Murray 2017

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    Kyler Tonkin 2017

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    Graham Beer 2018

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    Kieva Earle 2018

  • Georgia Callaghan

    Georgia Callaghan - 2022

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    Carter Holmes 2017

  • Malcolm Jack

    Malcolm Jack - 2022

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    Ava Bogyay 2019

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    Andrew Atanasoff 2019

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    Juliette Sinnott 2019

  • Alyssa Brush

    Alyssa Brush - 2022


Mission Statement of Marie Dressler Foundation

To attract visitors to Cobourg to discover Marie Dressler and learn about her achievements.

Vision Statement of Marie Dressler Foundation

We strive to be the Region’s best, most progressive, and engaging community theatre and museum organization, supporting a diverse, active base of patrons, sponsors, donors and volunteers.

Marie Dressler is a well loved part of Cobourg's Heritage - she was born here and her original house has been restored and part of it is used as a museum.

This site was created and is maintained by the Marie Dressler Foundation - the intent is to further the Mission of the Foundation which is to make sure that Marie Dressler is remembered.

Vintage Film Festival

A major activity of the Foundation and its primary fund-rasier is the Vintage Film Festival.  It was started in 1992 as a way to help raise money to restore Dressler House but continues as a way of remembering Marie Dressler as well as the Movies of her time.  Its fundraising helps support the activities of the Foundation. The Vintage Film Festival occurs in October in Port Hope's Capitol Theatre.


Dressler House is home to a small high technology museum where you can learn more about the life of Marie Dressler and view some artifacts from her life.  It is now called the Canadian Women in Film Museum and as well as Marie Dressler, it also includes information on Mary Pickford and Norma Shearer. Go to the Museum's own web site here.

History and Heritage are in the forefront of activities in Cobourg as evidenced by many related activities but only some of these are on the web.

A good deal of the material on this site was provided courtesy of Barbara Garrick, Founding Member of the Marie Dressler Foundation. Site design and operation is by John Draper. Note that the Foundation is not a department of the Town of Cobourg nor is this site operated by the Town. To contact the town, please refer to their website.

You can visit the museum at 212 King street West, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.  More information on the Museum here.

Marie Dressler Foundation Board 2022/23

President & Chair Rick Miller
Corporate Secretary Terry Foord
Treasurer Al Brown
Foundation Historian & Director Barbara Garrick
Director Scott Fraser
Director and Web Master John Draper
Director Matthew Wardle
Director - VFF Chair Rick Hill
Director Jill Kinsella

Mailing Address

Marie Dressler Foundation
PO Box 673, Stn Main
Cobourg, ON, K9A 4R5

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