Marie dressler Foundation

Marie Dressler Foundation, founded in 1990, is a not-for-profit, registered charity.  The mission of the Foundation is “To attract visitors to Cobourg to discover Marie Dressler”.

The Foundation was created to raise funds for the purchase and restoration of Marie Dressler birthplace home located at 212 King Street West, Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.  The heritage house had been operating as a restaurant when a serious fire savaged the building.

After the restoration, the Foundation began to collect artifacts related to Marie Dressler which were displayed in a small memorabilia room in the house.

In 2014 the Foundation embarked on the planning to upgrade the small memorabilia room to an interactive exhibition at the newly created Marie Dressler Museum.

The Foundation has always been interested in encouraging young people to pursue higher education in the performing arts and more recently in the visual arts.  Each year, supported by its fundraising efforts, the Foundation awards bursaries to graduating Northumberland County high school students.  In 2016, the Foundation awarded four bursaries, each in the amount of $1,500.

For more information, please visit the Foundation's website.



Some 24 years ago, the Vintage Film Festival (originally named Cobourg Film Festival) was created as a fundraising vehicle for the Dressler Foundation’s charitable activities while remembering Marie Dressler and the movies of her time.

Today, the Vintage Film Festival has expanded to a program of three days of vintage movies in mid-October each year.  The Festival attracts many visitors to Cobourg and Port Hope during this weekend.

In April 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Vintage Film Festival, in cooperation with the Town of Cobourg Canada 150 Committee, will create a new documentary festival showcasing Canada from various perspectives.  Details will be released early in 2017.

For more information, please visit the Film Festival's website.


© Marie Dressler Museum 2016