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. The rest is currently unused.

This site was created and is maintained by a member of 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 and RearView DocFest

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 September in Port Hope's Capitol Theatre.  In April, a recent addition is the ReaRView Doc Fest held in the Cobourg Loft.


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.  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 who is also a member of the Foundation as well as the Vintage Film Festival committee. 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 2020/21

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

Mailing Address

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

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