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Marie Dressler House
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".
Due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the museum will be open by appointment only.
Visit the new museum's website here for details of how to book your visit.
The Marie Dressler Story
Born in Cobourg, Canada - one of Hollywood's greatest stars
The Dressler Story: to Dream, to Dare, to Persist, to Win
Cobourg is the birthplace of Marie Dressler - one of the greatest comediennes of her generation and one of Hollywood's best loved stars.
This is the official site of the Marie Dressler Foundation whose mission is to make sure that Marie Dressler is remembered. The Foundation, a registered charity, was created to raise money to restore her house when it was burnt down in 1989 (More here).
Vintage FIlm Festival
Our largest activity has been the Vintage Film Festival which is held on a weekend in October every year.
But in 2018 we had additional major events to celebrate Marie's 150th birthday.
Another major activity of the Foundation is to award scholarships/bursaries to students planning to pursue an education in the arts field. There is a list of previous scholarship winners here. The 2019 winners were presented with their awards at Dressler House on July 6 - see the story with photos here. For more information on how to apply, go here.
Also available on this site
Opening on Saturday September 8, 2018 - Closes on November 10, 2018
Held at Art Gallery of Northumberland, West Wing, 3rd floor, Victoria Hall, Cobourg
The exhibition will actively demonstrate the connection, in both past and present, to Marie Dressler and the Town of Cobourg. Visitors will leave with an understanding of who Marie Dressler was, what she meant to Cobourg, and what she means today.
The exhibition will also highlight the importance of preserving heritage by addressing topics of oral histories, commemorative plaques, and ways in which the community shares in the development of storytelling and heritage preservation.
September 14, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall, 2nd floor, Victoria Hall, Cobourg
The Board of Directors of Marie Dressler Foundation are pleased to announce a thought-provoking evening entitled “Women and Hollywood” on September 14th at the Concert Hall, Victoria Hall, Cobourg.
“Cobourg-born Academy Award winner Marie Dressler was an early celebrity champion of opportunities for women”, said Rick Miller, President & Chair, Marie Dressler Foundation. “Some ninety years later, opportunities for women is still an important issue. With this in mind, to celebrate Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday, we have arranged an interesting pair of talks”, added Miller.
The Hon. Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport came to Cobourg on February 5th and visited the Marie Dressler Museum. The occasion was the announcement of a program of events in 2018 celebrating Marie Dressler’s 150th birthday. Daiene was suitably impressed with the Museum and with the efforts made by Cobourg to preserve our Heritage and provide things for tourists and residents to do. Also at the event were MPP Lou Rinaldi, Town of Cobourg Director Dean Hustwick and the County’s Tourism manager Eileen Lum. Marie Dressler Foundation Chair, Rick Miller, showed the Minister the features of the Museum and finished with a video about how it came to be plus an announcement of upcoming events. Daiene remarked that we need to make our treasures work and Lou commented that it’s good to preserve our history.
November 9th is Marie Dressler's 149th birthday so the Dressler Foundation put on a big celebration for her. The celebration featured a professionally made documentary of how the community came together to build the museum, free Marie Dressler Butter Tarts (and coffee) and then followed this with a screening of one of Marie Dressler's earliest movies, Tillie Wakes Up, made in 1917. (The Butter tarts were designed by Stephanie Harrington at the Dutch Oven).
On Saturday, July 15, 2017, five students were presented with certificates and cheques for $1500. As well as the four bursaries for Northumberland high school students who are planning tertiary studies in the performing arts, this year an additional award was made: the Canada 150 Bill Patchett Devotion to Community Award. This is to honour the community service by Bill Patchett and was made to a student who showed exceptional community devotion.
The awards, together with bouquets of flowers, were presented by VFF Chair Cathie Houston and Foundation Treasurer Leslie Benson.
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