Vintage Film Festival

movie-reels79The Foundation produces the Vintage Film Festival every year on a weekend in September. Full details here.  The Foundation also produces RearView Doc Fest on a weekend in April.  More here.

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Marie Dressler House

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The history of the Marie Dressler House is here.  It is now the home of the Interactive Marie Dressler Museum.  Dressler House is located at:
212 King street West (Hwy 2),
Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

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Because of the Covid-19 virus crisis, as a precaution the Museum will be closed until April 25. Any extension of these hours and future hours in 2020 will be indicated here.

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News about the Activities of the Marie Dressler Foundation

If you are familiar with the previous museum, you will see that the new one is totally different.  The room is larger, the walls have been repainted (a great colour), there are new displays and many of the displays are interactive.  The interface to control what you see on displays is via ipads and in some cases you can listen.  Although the appearance is open and uncluttered, there is plenty of information to be had.   Some artifacts are on display although the photos are not the originals - these are kept in the Northumberland County archives. 

As previously announced, the Foundation is working to completely renovate the Marie Dressler Museum.  Actually, a better description would be that the museum is being completely rebuilt from scratch.  Unfortunately, this means that it will be closed from late May until it reopens.  There will be no access to any exhibits during that time.

But on September 24th, 2016, there will be a grand re-opening with celebrations to mark the event.  Stay tuned for more news on this.

CamecoMarie Dressler Foundation Board Members Terry Foord and Rick Miller presenting a Vintage Film Festival poster designed by renown artist Peter Doig, to Dale Clark, VP, Fuel Services Division, Cameco Corporation.

The poster was presented to Cameco Corp. as a token of appreciation for their ongoing generous support of the Vintage Film Festival and the upcoming Marie Dressler Exhibition project.

 

On February 16, 2016, Rick Miller, Chair of the Marie Dressler Foundation was interviewed on local Radio Station Northumberland 89.67 FM. He spoke about the work of the Foundation and in particular the work being done to create a new museum at Dressler House.  He also talked about this year's Vintage Film Festival.  You can listen below:

Marie DresslerIn preparation for the 150th anniversary of Marie's birth right here in Cobourg, the Marie Dressler Foundation is investing in the creation of a new "Marie Dressler Exhibition".

Planning is well underway.  The concept and design work has been completed by students and staff at University of Toronto Museum Studies Masters Program.  We have received a significant funding grant from the federal Canada150 program. 

Corporate and personal donations have been generous to date.  We are now over half-way to our goal of raising $100,000. to build the new Exhibition at Marie Dressler House, 212 King St. W., Cobourg.

Once again, the Marie Dressler Foundation awarded three talented local students $1000 each to help with their further education at University.  Bursaries 2015The awards were made outside Dressler House on Saturday, June 27, 2015  by the Chair of the Marie Dressler Foundation, Rick Miller and the chair of the Vintage Film Festival, Cathie Houston.  The 2015 winners were: Kieran Yates, St. Mary Secondary School; Sabina Litherland, Cobourg District Collegiate West; Connor Dobos, Cobourg District Collegiate West (photo at right).

Family members also came to watch as well as Foundation founding members Delphine and Bill Patchett, Barbara Garrick and Margaret Baily. 

The winners were also presented with Bouquets of flowers  - Bill Patchett told Connor that his mother would appreciate the flowers!