Friday, November 15, 2019

Kindle Version of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride Now Available

The interior of 1906 No. 38 from Manchester, NH.
38, like the Narcissus, was built by the Laconia Car Company.
There are parts in 38 that are the same as some
missing parts in the Narcissus. These 38 parts can be used to
make parts for the Narcissus. Check out the video below
to learn about the Narcissus restoration.

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the
Elegant Ride
Cover illustration by Amy J. Gagnon
Jean M. Flahive is the author.

     The paperback edition of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride can be purchased online through the Seashore Trolley Museum's store website. Books purchased through the Museum's website directly benefit the Museum and the Narcissus project. Amazon book purchases also benefit the Museum and the Narcissus.

Click Here to go to the Museum Store webpage to order online

Click Here to go to the Amazon page to order the book online

Click Here to go to the ebook page

Below is the ebook release video tour of the
Narcissus by Phil Morse

     The audiobook is also going to be released in the coming weeks....so stay tuned :)

MUST-READ! - Click Here  (In case you hadn't "clicked" and read it above :)

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus Project
to help us tell the incredible story of the Narcissus through the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project.
Thank You

   Inside the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop, the Narcissus is in the midst of major work as we strive to complete its restoration. With our estimate to have the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, we are now planning the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project. Donations to the Narcissus Project may be used in the future to help tell the incredible 100-plus-year-old story of the Narcissus. Your donation to the Narcissus is helping to make the dream of the project's success, a reality.

See below for Donation options -
It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus. 

Donation Options to Help the Narcissus Project:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit
educational organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
Renaissance Charitable Foundation (LPCT) by Fiduciary Trust Charitable Giving Fund
Mass Bay RRE - 2018 Railroad Preservation Grant 
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2018/2017/2016/2015
* The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2018/2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* LogMein - Matching Employee Donation
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the project of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. We are currently raising funds to tell the incredible story of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - Index

The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.







Monday, October 28, 2019

Student & Teacher Research Resources - Teddy Roosevelt, Millie and the Elegant Ride 2019

An image of an original porcelain advertising artifact that was
displayed at the ticket purchasing desk in Lewiston carhouse
of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban on Middle Street.

How do we keep history that we cherish and think is important, relevant? How do we honor our past, its people, places, and events that impacted daily lives in meaningful ways; that we feel might be slipping away, falling through the cracks of the old flooring that once served a very different purpose, and disappearing? And who would know? Why would anyone care, if they don't know why they should care? 

One way is through storytelling. The passing of information on to others and on to the next generations that will be coming along.

 
Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride features young Millie as she grows up in rural Gray, Maine, early in the 20th century. Award-winning Maine author, Jean Flahive, tells us a story through the life and times of Millie and some of her experiences, over a period of years, with certain people, places, and events that we now know are woven into our common local and national history. Jean's storytelling skillfully rekindles the local romance for the elegant electric interurbans. The original six, each named after a flower, carried passengers on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban from 1914 through 1933. Lewiston businessmen, W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley, brought them to serve the cities of Portland, Auburn, and Lewiston, and the more rural communities of New Gloucester, Gray, West Cumberland, and West Falmouth, during some of the early years of the 20th century. Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently restoring the Narcissus, the only surviving electric interurban from that storied line. 

Early reviews are very favorable.

Click Here to go to the Museum store's online order page for the book. We will continue the pre-order special of shipping a signed copy by the author of the book until November 15th. 

A resource for teachers. 
We are working with the Maine Historical Society to create State-standard-based lesson plans for classroom use in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. We hope to have the vocabulary for the various grades released soon and to unveil the full lesson plans later this calendar year or very early in 2020. In the meantime, this post has a listing of online references for people, places, and events that are referred to throughout the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride - written with a focus on using vocabulary words and sentence structure that might be useful in classroom studies for students and teachers in grades 4 to 7. Though, there are numerous words, sentences, topics, and references that students and teachers in a variety of grades, as well as readers of all ages, will find useful and of interest. ebook and audiobook versions will be available later in November.
Click Here for the announcement of the award-winning narrator for the audiobook :) 

Reader Guide for Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

For me, one of the real treats will be as readers of this heart-warming story become familiar with and hopefully endeared to the Narcissus. Readers will learn that they are able to follow the progress of the restoration of the National Register of Historic Places Portland-Lewiston Interurban icon, Narcissus, to its completion over the next two years... and then...come to Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport, Maine, and go for an actual ride on the Narcissus! My sense is, many readers will find this opportunity to be a very appealing extension to the lovely story. One that they and future readers will be able to enjoy for many, many years.

Initial plans for the ribbon-cutting celebration activities started last year with planning continuing to evolve this year into a number of very exciting events over several days. Readers of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride that will learn from Millie of her deep, life-long connections to the Narcissus, and will literally, be able to experience the "elegant ride" themselves!

How absolutely spine-tingling will that experience be?

Throughout Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride there are references made to various People, Places, and Events that are woven into the everyday lives of the characters as they experience the early years of the 20th century. Below are links to online sources to assist in conducting research concerning these major people, places, and events mentioned in Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride. The person, place, or event may be a separate listing or it may be included within a grouping of a related topic. This is the initial post and the expectation is that over time, the resources listed on the page will continue to be edited and new ones added.

People, Places, and Events in Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride with online links to resources

Auburn, Maine
Auburn -  City Website  City of Auburn, Maine
Auburn & Lewiston - Court Street, PLI sites, maps, etc. Narcissus Project blog
Auburn - Androscoggin River City of Auburn
Auburn - Court Street  City of Auburn
Auburn - Deer Rips (Dam)  City of Auburn  - W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley were the businessmen behind the construction of the Deer Rips Dam. There is a reference to the construction of the dam in the biography of W. S. Libbey that was written by his grandchildren - Click Here to read the biography in the Narcissus Project Blog
Auburn - North Bridge  City of Auburn
Additional online resources for Auburn:
Androscoggin Historical Society


Camp Fire Girls
Handbook Outsideonline.com
Dr. Luther Gulick and Charlotte Gulick Cornerstone Books
Camp Wohelo  wohelo.com at Sebago Lake
Camp Fire Girls  Ames History Museum
Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts of America
Red Cross  Red Cross

Dark Harbor/Islesboro, Maine

TR's visit to Dark Harbor Narcissus Project Blog
Additional online resources for Islesboro and Dark Harbor:
Dark Harbor map  Town of Islesboro
Islesboro, Maine  Town of Islesboro
Islesboro Historical Society

Henry Dingley - W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley were business partners for many years. There is a reference to how they met and of their early business dealings together in the biography of W. S. Libbey written by his grandchildren - Click Here to read the biography in the Narcissus Project Blog

Gray, Maine -
Gray  Town of Gray
Civil War monument in Gray Town of Gray
Book resources for Gray:
Images of America - Gray, Maine (Antonio's Store, Armistice Parade, Cobbs Hill, Colley Hill Farm, Gray Corners, Gray Town Hall, Hancock School, Osgood's Ice Cream Parlor, Pennell Institute, South Gray Elementary School, Sweetser General Store, Week's Hill, Yarmouth Road,
Online resources for Gray:
Gray Historical Society

Grippe, Influenza, Spanish Flu, Epidemic, and Pandemic
Spanish Flu Vaccinestoday.eu
Pandemic CDC
Maine Timeline for Pandemic Maine.gov (Capt. Lawry - Secretary of State Senate (Maine) visited Camp Devens, got sick and died)
Camp Devens - history U.S. Army
U. S. Surgeon General William Gorgas U.S. Army

Island Falls, Maine
Island Falls VisitMaine.com
Other online resources:
Island Falls Historical Society (Facebook Page)

Indian Tribes - Maine
Wabanaki Nation Four Direction Development Corp
Abbe Museum Abbe Museum

Laconia Car Company
Laconia Car Company  Narcissus Project Blog

Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston  City of Lewiston
Lewiston Walking History tour  City of Lewiston (Lisbon St., Pecks, Leadbetter's, Libbey Mill, etc.) Lewiston and Auburn Narcissus Project Blog (LisbonStreet, PLI sites, maps, etc.)

W. Scott Libbey - Various blog posts on the life of W.S.Libbey:
The Man and His Mill - Click Here for the blog on the biography by the Libbey grandchildren
Sudden Death of W. S. Libbey - Click Here for the blog with the newspaper story on his life
The Opening of the Portland, Gray & Lewiston Railroad (PLI) Click Here Spoke to Libbey's passing
W. S. Libbey and his famous Stanley Steamer Racer Click Here for the blog with the newspaper story
Quite Likely the Most Valuable Stanley in the World! - Click Here for the blog post

McGuffey Reader
McGuffey Reader (School book) PDF Gutenberg.org

Narcissus
What is a Narcissus? Gardenia.net
Newspaper story on how W.S. Libbey chose the names of the original interurbans is here...Lewiston Evening Journal...must scroll to Friday, June 26, 1914 - Front Page "Inspected The Libbey Road: Railroad Commissioners' Official Trip Over P, G, & L, Friday - to read the full story, you will need to scroll to page 11 News.Google.com

New Gloucester, Maine
New Gloucester - Map Town of New Gloucester
Other online resources:
New Gloucester Historical Society

Portland, Maine -
Portland City of Portland
Map - Downtown (Current) City of Portland
1909 Portland street map Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society (Streets: Commercial, Crn.Free & Brown, Exchange, Federal, India, Middle, Monument Square, Temple, (waterfront, wharves, seaport)
Falmouth Hotel - Lobby 1900  Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Grand Trunk Railroad Station Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
S. S. Kresge Company ("Five and Dime") Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Lincoln Park City of Portland
Union Station (Railroad Station) DigitalMaine
Porteous Department Store - (Christmas Store) Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Other online resources:
History of Trolleys in Portland (Monument Square) Narcissus Project Blog
Maine Historical Society

Portland-Lewiston Interurban was originally named the Portland, Gray & Lewiston Railroad 
Map details that show areas mentioned in the story...rivers, stops, etc...reference to cow tunnels, gates, etc., - newspaper story:
Opening of the line Narcissus Project blog
Click Here for the link to the Lewiston Evening Journal story of the June 26, 1914 inspection trip by the Maine Railroad Commissioners with many details of the line. When opening the link, the first newspaper is June 23, 1914. You must scroll to the front page of June 26, 1914. The beginning of the article starts on the front page. You must scroll to page 11 (Inspected the Libbey Roads) to read the remaining article.
Click Here for the link to the Lewiston Daily sun story of the June 26, 1914 inspection trip as reported on page 6 on June 27, 1914. When opening the link, the first newspaper is June 26, 1914. You must scroll to June 27th edition and go to page six. the complete summary is on this single page.
Click Here for the blog post on the ordering of the original six interurbans in April 1912.
Click Here for the blog post on the closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban June 28, 1933

Seashore Trolley Museum
Seashore Trolley Museum TrolleyMuseum.org
Kennebunkport, Maine Town of Kennebunkport
Other online resources:
Kennebunkport, Maine  Kennebunkport Business Assoc
Kennebunkport Historical Society -

Suffrage/Women's Rights
Maine and national  Maine Suffrage Centennial
Women's Suffrage At Last (42-c) USHistory.org
Florence Whitehouse - suffragette/publicist Red Cross - Maine items - Maine Memory Network
Federal Suffrage amendment - Maine and National resources Maine Suffrage Centennial
TR quotes in support of Women's Rights Theodore Roosevelt Association
TR at Sagamore Hill with Suffragettes Library of Congress video
19th Amendment to the Constitution Interactive Constitution

Theodore Roosevelt
His Life and Times on Film -  Timeline - Library of Congress
Theodore Roosevelt Timeline - World War I  Theodore Roosevelt Center
Theodore Roosevelt Timeline - The Life of Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Brief Biography Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Connections to Maine Narcissus Project Blog
TR - 26th President of the U.S. Whitehouse.gov
TR - Rough Rider in the White House (43a) USHistory.org
TR - Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt (First Wife) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Alice Lee Roosevelt (First Daughter) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Edith Carrow Roosevelt (Second Wife) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Spanish-American War Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - "Remember the Maine!" (44c)  USHistory.org
TR - Spanish-American War and Its Consequences (44d) USHistory.org
TR - 1912 Presidential Election (43f) USHistory.org
TR - Amazon Expedition/River of Doubt-Videos Library of Congress
TR - Malaria MentalFloss
TR - Panama Hat President1906
TR - My Debt to Maine (Bible Point and TR's letter) Narcissus Project blog
TR - Sagamore Hill National Park Service
TR - Sagamore Hill Friends of Sagamore Hill
TR - Died January 6, 1919/Young Memorial Cemetery-Video Library of Congress
TR - Quotes ("Feet on the Ground...") Goodreads
TR - General Wood  First World War

TR Children WW I - library of congress videos
Sons in Regiments - WWI-Video Library of Congress
Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr (First Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Kermit Roosevelt (Second Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Archibald (Archie) Roosevelt (Third Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Quentin (Fourth Son) Military.com
Ethel Roosevelt (Second Daughter) Theodore Roosevelt Center

TR and the Badlands/Dakota Territory
Timeline  Theodore Roosevelt Center

William (Bill) W. Sewall
William W. Sewall Theodore Roosevelt Center
Bill Sewall & Wilmot Dow - National Park Service
Mattawamkeag, Maine (train station) Mattawamkeag Facebook page
"The County" - Aroostook County

Politics
Bull Moose Party Britannica.com
Bull Moose Party Progressivism Sweeps the Nation 42 USHistory.org
Progressive Party - Student-Teacher Resource Study.com
Progressive Party U-S-History.com
Republican Party - 1916 UCSB.edu
Conservative/Progressive wings of Republican Party 1916 Library of Congress
Democratic Party - 1916 UCSB.edu
William McKinley (25th President of the U. S.) Whitehouse.gov
William Howard Taft (27th President of U.S.) Whitehouse.gov
Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the U.S.) Whitehouse.gov
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom-43g USHistory.org
Charles Evan Hughes ConstitutionCenter.org

Wason Manufacturing Company -
Wason Manufacturing Company Midcontinent Blog on Wason Manufacturing (the trolley manufacturing portion begins towards the end of page two)

West Cumberland, Maine
Cumberland
Cumberland Fair History Cumberlandfair.com
West Cumberland served by PLI Narcissus Project Blog
Other online resources:
Cumberland Historical Society
Morrison Hill Station - Seashore Trolley Museum Narcissus Project Blog

West Falmouth, Maine
Falmouth City of Falmouth
Other online resources:
Falmouth Historical Society
West Falmouth Substation and service by the PLI - Narcissus Project blog

WWI/The Great War -
Timeline (Includes index to all year/months/days) FirstWorldWar.com
Wilson pledged neutrality FirstWorldWar.com
Cunard's Ocean Liner Lusitania - Ireland/British waters/German Submarines/U-Boats/torpedos
Diplomatic relations off w/Germany...American Liner ship Housatonic sunk next day...arms deal..other ships sunk FirstWorldWar.com
Joint Session of Congress 4/2/17 - declare War 4-6-17 FirstWorldWar
Conscription/Draft FirstWorldWar.com
Liberty Bonds/Thrift Stamps - Federal Reserve & teacher plans at Study.com
U. S. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo-War/Liberty Bonds/Stamps FirstWorldWar.com
Camp Devens, Ayer, MA - WWI Training Camps FirstWorldWar.com ForcesNetwork
War is over - Armistice FirstWorldWar

MUST-READ! - Click Here
Here is an example of how donations to the Narcissus Project now will help with the interpretation portion of the project. The interpretation programming will include exhibits, displays, education programming. This year, through generous donations to the Narcissus Project, we were able to conserve, replicate, and have high resolutions digital image files made of the original, 1910, 25.5-foot long, surveyor map of the elevation and grade of the 30-mile private right-of-way of the Portland, Gray, and Lewiston Railroad (Portland-Lewiston Interurban)

Click Here to go to the Museum store's online order page for the book. We will continue the pre-order special of shipping a signed copy by the author of the book until November 15th. 

MUST-READ! - Click Here  (In case you hadn't "clicked" and read it above :)

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus Project
to help us tell the incredible story of the Narcissus through the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project.
Thank You

   Inside the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop, the Narcissus is in the midst of major work as we strive to complete its restoration. With our estimate to have the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, we are now planning the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project. Donations to the Narcissus Project may be used in the future to help tell the incredible 100-plus-year-old story of the Narcissus. Your donation to the Narcissus is helping to make the dream of the project's success, a reality.

See below for Donation options -
It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus. 

Donation Options to Help the Narcissus Project:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit
educational organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
* Renaissance Charitable Foundation (LPCT) by Fiduciary Trust Charitable Giving Fund
Mass Bay RRE - 2018 Railroad Preservation Grant 
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2018/2017/2016/2015
* The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2018/2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* LogMein - Matching Employee Donation
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the project of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. We are currently raising funds to tell the incredible story of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - Index

The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fifty Years Ago on Thursday - Halloween - The Narcissus Arrived

The Narcissus as she looked when secured to the "Highway
Monster" upon arrival at Seashore Trolley Museum on
Halloween, 1969. This image by Norman Down was taken in
the spring of 1970 

     Thursday, October 31, 2019, Halloween, will mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Narcissus arriving at its new home, Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport, Maine. Further along in the post is the write up from the 1969 Annual Report of how the Narcissus was able to be acquired.

     The Narcissus is the sole surviving high-speed wooden interurban from the legendary Portland-Lewiston Interurban system which operated between the two major population centers in Maine and had the honor to have Theodore Roosevelt as a passenger on August 18, 1914.  The Narcissus is currently under restoration in Seashore Trolley Museum's Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration shop and is expected to be restored to operating condition in two years. The PLI ended service in late June of 1933.

     The Narcissus, along with nine other historic Maine railway vehicles held in trust within the Museum's extensive collection, have been listed in the National Register of Historic Places since 1980.

     We are very excited to report that the new historical fiction chapter book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, written by award-winning Maine author, Jean Flahive, that features the PLI and its majestic bouquet of interurbans, including the Narcissus, arrived this past week and is now available to purchase from the Museum store. Just in time to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary arrival of the Narcissus to Seashore Trolley Museum's campus!!

Click Here to go to the Museum store's online order page for the book. We will continue the pre-order special of shipping a signed copy by the author of the book until November 15th. 

Author Jean Flahive will be at Seashore Trolley Museum's store to sign books on the first Saturday of Kennebunkport's Prelude, December 7, from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

New Books to benefit the Narcissus and 
Seashore Trolley Museum arrived :)

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride.

Bookmarks arrived as well 

Large postcards will be used to spread the
good news! Books are in :)

Are you a Social Studies teacher in Maine? Jean and I will be staffing the Seashore Trolley Museum exhibit table at the Social Studies Conference in Augusta, Maine, on Monday, November 4. Stop by and visit us!

Jean and I will be selling and signing copies of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride from 9 a.m. till noon, on Saturday, November 2, at the New Gloucester Historical Society.
Come visit us :)


1969 Annual Report (page 6) New England Electric Railway Historical Society/Seashore Trolley Museum

     Interest in this car body, which has finally arrived at Seashore, is as old as the Society itself. Starting in 1937 there were annual trips run on the Androscoggin and Kennebec Railway system operating out of Lewiston on the 19th of April. One of the highlights of the Sabattus line was the once-a-year inspection of the beautifully preserved body of Laconia number 14, that has been better known by its name the Narcissus. It was during such a trip on April 19th, 1939, that three of Seashore's Pioneers were making the first plans to acquire a Biddeford and Saco open car in June or July, whenever the buses would arrive to take over New England's last regular open trolley operation.

     Later on, when two of these Founders were getting initiated into the Street Railway business the hard way, in the backyard of the Saco car barn, getting the first car of the first Trolley Museum rigged to make it over the road journey to a small piece of land in Kennebunkport; there was little need to recall the Narcissus slumbering away in Sabattus, because only 8 miles away at Bay View, reposed the sister car, number 10, the Arbutus. Far more famous for running the first and last trip over the Portland-Lewiston Interurban and appropriately preserved in fully operating condition on a section of real rails and ties from the line, on the property of Mrs. Gertrude Libbey Anthony, daughter of the famed interurban builder, W. Scott Libby, there was every reason to hope that if the fledgling Society became successful, this handsome and complete Interurban might be donated to this new Seashore Electric Railway. But, this was not to be the case, as the car was broken up during World War II at a time when many of our members were overseas.

A more famous sister to the Narcissus, the Arbutus is seen here
on display at Gertrude Libbey Anthony's home in Bay View,
Saco, Maine. Image from O. R. Cummings 1967 book,
"Maine's Fast Electric Railroad."

     Over the years rumors continued to persist that the Narcissus was still remarkably well-preserved and the Society by now was sufficiently well equipped with transportation equipment, and willing to gamble on acquiring a car body of merit that might be re-equipped at a later date. Accordingly, contact was made with the owner, Mr. J. Henri Vallee of Lewiston.  By then, general manager of the Museum, Dwight B. Minnick, and a verbal agreement made that the car could be acquired by the Society in exchange for equivalent housing if so done before Mr. Vallee's retirement.

J. Henri Vallee in Sabattus, Maine. The  Narcissus in the
background. The roof frames for the new "replacement"
house can be seen in the background to the right.
Image courtesy of Daniel A. Vallee.

     Mr. Vallee, it appeared, had been a passenger on the Interurban on both first and last days of operation and had a sentimental attachment to it and the excellent state of preservation of the car bore testimony to this.

     Various portable houses were looked into but fell short of expectations. It was concluded that a simply framed house would have to be built. On at least three separate occasions in the intervening years, Museum personnel attempted valiantly to enlist the local interest and get some sort of a project going so that title could be obtained to the Narcissus. For a multiplicity of reasons these endeavors failed. One ray of hope came, however, in 1965 when through the intercession of Governor Reed of the State of Maine, a pair of suitable Baldwin motor trucks were made available by the Canadian National, from their Oshawa Railway subdivision.

     More enthusiasm for the project began to be generated by our growing Portland group, many of whom had worked their way up in our summer shop force and could visualize the results that could be obtained with the Narcissus if once gotten to the Museum's own shop. In 1967 Museum member, William Dox of Portland was asked by Trustees of Seashore to contact Mr. Vallee and see if the offer was still open. Once confirmed, Society historian and trustee O. R. Cummings,  in the process of rewriting his history of the PLI, decided to turn over a fund that he had built up for another,but less pressing project, to the Narcissus fund and to make available all over-cost of the proceeds from the publication and sale of "Maine's Fast Electric Railway". This generous offer of O. R. Cummings gave the project the impetus that was needed for, not only was time running out on the offer but, the deterioration was setting in on the car. The trustees appointed a committee composed of Cummings, Donald Curry, John Coughlin, William Dox, Jr.,  and John H. Fancy until he became too occupied in other areas.

O. R. Cummings's book that he signed over the
royalties to the  Narcissus fund. PWM

     Basic work accomplished by the committee was the building up of a fund to pay for the labor involved and locating a builder who would undertake to complete the exterior of the building within these limits. And then through interest generated in the project, to secure donations of the actual building materials needed. A necessary adjunct was, of course, a selection of basic house design in order that a bill of materials could be drawn up. A USDA extension service dwelling was selected as a prototype. Also, a legal agreement had to be drawn up for signature by both parties which enabled the Museum to erect a dwelling structure on Mr. Vallee's premises as well as assure the donation of the car body to the Museum when the new structure had been closed in and become weather-tight.

     As soon as the PLI history was published, every effort was made to concentrate its sale promotion and distribution in the areas formerly served by the Interurban. Newspapers in the Portland and Lewiston areas were cooperative in relating all newsworthy developments in the campaign. By the fall of 1968 sufficient funds were on hand to get the project underway. As soon as commitments of donations for 80% of the materials required for the building had been received as a result of some 40 solicitations, a search was instituted for a builder willing to undertake the erection of a building satisfactory to Mr. Vallee's needs and within the means of the special fund.

     Due to extremely bad weather setting in by late October (1968), the first builder found himself bowing out because of other commitments but recommended Mr. Joseph R. Blais of the Lewiston area, as one of the few other builders able to construct such a dwelling within the limitations set forth. Museum forces then came up and working in two of the nastiest weekends on record, in the alternating pouring rain and heavy snow moved the body of the "Narcissus" off of its footings onto temporary blocking and separated and removed other appendages as necessary. But, despite their valiant efforts to get the operation back on schedule,  even worse weather followed. The project had to be called off until late May of 1969. From this point on, all progressed smoothly, the builder following the letter of the authorization to within a margin of some $24.

Seashore Trolley Museum volunteers arranging to move the
Narcissus onto the "Highway Monster." Image courtesy of
Daniel A. Vallee.
     On July 30th, 1969, Mr. Vallee signed and delivered the transfer of title to the Narcissus to the committee members closing what was probably the longest, most arduous, and expensive acquisition project ever undertaken by the Society.

The Narcissus loaded on the "Highway Monster" connected to
Seashore Trolley Museum's "Mack", with J. Henri Vallee's
new home in the background.
Image courtesy of Daniel A. Vallee

     The story doesn't end here, however, as in the course of the acquisition of the building materials, commitments were made to try to give the donors a certain amount of advertising publicity in return for their donations, some of which ran to well over $300 in value. This was to be done by fixing a side banner on each side of the car, under the windows, indicating the names of donors of materials. For this and various other reasons, a small deficit was incurred in the project, which has since been met by donations from members of the committee and members of the Libbey family who have shown a great deal of interest in the project.

     Preparations for the trip were being made, but because of the general activity of the summer at the Museum and non-availability of transport equipment, the Narcissus sat at its prior location, waiting for the next step. Finally, in early October, a large crew of 12 members of the Society, in a solid weekend's work, moved the body aboard the "Highway Monster", which had been skillfully maneuvered into position alongside the body a month before. Meanwhile Mrs. Eleanor Libbey Awalt of Auburn, who had consented to and started work with  the acquisition committee a year before in the raising of funds, provision of publicity in the Lewiston, Auburn, and New Gloucester areas, acted as clearinghouse for that purpose, alerted news media and historical groups along the route on the impending move.

     A certain amount of showmanship and Ingenuity came into play to make the "Narcissus" look the part a little more. The weather letter boards were covered over with masonite strips painted in Pullman Green and authentically lettered, Portland-Lewiston Interurban,  and corrugated aluminum was fitted on lower sections missing matchboard, and also hastily painted Pullman Green. The illusion was quite good and the excellent conditions of the stained glass windows did much to help this.

The Portland-Lewiston Interurban masonite strips from 1969
are still in place on the Narcissus on October 23, 2017, as
restoration work continues on the exterior. PWM

     The long-awaited move took place on Halloween of 1969. Despite delays with last-minute requirements for a house moving permit, excellent planning and skillful maneuvering of the Mack and Highway Monster aided by an alert escort party, made it possible not only to retrace as closely as possible the interurbans old route through Lewiston-Auburn, New Gloucester, Gray, and West Cumberland, but, even to its street run in Portland via Forest Avenue, Congress Street, and Monument Square. Finally, after its 35-year lonely vigil at Sabattus, The "Narcissus" joined its new family at the Trolley Museum. A costly acquisition indeed, but, the car is basically sound, most of the needed equipment now on hand, and its restoration is scheduled to get underway this summer with an enthusiastic crew.

Banner remnants from 1969 road trip of the Narcissus
traveling from Sabattus Pond to Seashore Trolley Museum
the Narcissus shortly after it entered the Donald G. Curry
Town House Restoration Shop. PWM

     The Narcissus has been at the Museum for Fifty years and it now has its turn to be restored to full operating status. It is currently in the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. Work is underway on phase one, to restore the exterior of the Narcissus. Adequate funds have been raised to finish the restoration. The fundraising for the Narcissus now focuses on the interpretation plans that will tell the amazing story the Narcissus has to tell. Please continue reading below for some of the options for contributing to the Narcissus Project. Thank You

     Thank you to everyone that has helped the Narcissus to this point. We still need to continue to collectively spread the word about the project. I encourage you to invite others to join the effort to bring this beauty back into being the majestic, elegant, operating representative of Maine's premier electric interurban railway.

     One way to explain what the Narcissus project is about is by sharing the posts from the Narcissus project blog: www.narcissus1912.blogspot.com

Lots of folks find the posts very interesting.

The blog is a great way to spread the news of the Narcissus.

Let's keep it going :)

Planning for gifts?

Boxes of ten greeting cards, with envelopes, are now available to purchase. 100% of the proceeds from these sales will benefit the Narcissus

Greeting Cards of Narcissus in "Fast Friends" by
Maine artist, Wade Zahares.

Wording on back of "Fast Friends"

Greeting Cards of Morrison Hill Station of
"Waiting for the Narcissus" by
Maine artist, Wade Zahares.

Greeting Cards:
Box of Ten (10) with envelopes - 4"x 6" - blank inside - Available at the Museum Store and the online store page

A look back at work on the Narcissus during the first couple of years it was in the restoration shop

Restoration work will continue on the exterior of the Narcissus. 

All roof ribs were removed, repaired, primed, and replaced.
Ten needed to be replaced. The left side has had its end boards
secured to the roof rib tenons. The right side end boards are
nearly all in place.  Image 10-23-17 PWM

Donald Curry working on securing the right
side end boards to the roof rib tenons.
10-23-17 PWM

Major side sill and bolster work is in the early stage.
The bolster will be removed, assessed, repaired, pieces
replaced as necessary, primed, painted, and then reinstalled.
Side sills and the attached steel channel will be removed,
assessed, repaired and replaced as necessary. 10-23-17 PWM

Morrison Hill Station

The petite 1915 Portland-Lewiston Interurban waiting station, originally located in West Cumberland (ME) has had; window and door sills replaced and painted. Window trim boards replaced and painted, metal roof edges repaired and painted, the west-facing roof panels sanded and painted, exterior walls (yellow) north, south, and west repainted, the tiny wooden electrical box that feeds the 600 volts (DC) lights of the building fully rebuilt, primed and painted, and many interior upgrades. All these improvements (and a few more to follow) are in preparation for the building to be the home of an exhibit about the Portland-Lewiston Interurban.

This picture was taken on October 23, 2017. 1915
Morrison Hill station looking great with fresh upgrades and
paint. PWM

Inside Morrison Hill station. New floating oak flooring,
newly painted kickboards, trim and awaiting installation.
10-20-17 PWM

Interior of Narcissus

Patented interlocking rubber floor tiles in the smoking
compartment and down the center aisle of the passenger
compartment floor of the Narcissus. We will be seeking
contractors and prices on making new tiles, as well as
seeking solutions to properly repairing the tiles, if possible,
for reuse. 10-23-2017 PWM

upholstered seats from scratch. We have prices from two foundries
to cast all the various metal components. Funding the cost to
cast original patterns and then the various components is the
highest priority for fundraising now. Image of Interior of 1912,
Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 16, Clematis. This
image has the viewer peering down the aisle towards the number
two end of the Clematis. Image from Seashore Trolley Museum

One of the original passenger windows in its
mahogany sash has been restored along with seventeen
others. Six will have to be made from scratch.
PWM

One of the newly restored (5 of 8 completed so far)
mahogany sash windows that are contained in the two
bulkheads. Additional interior work will include rewiring
the Narcissus. When the body was the Vallee summer home,
120-volt household wiring was added and much of the original
wire was removed. October 2017 image PWM

The center ceiling panels have ornate
gold leaf fleur-de-lis. The interior walls are
all mahogany with an inlay of Ebony-Holly-
Ebony. The forty leaded stained glass
windows
 above the passenger windows
are breathtaking. PWM

Click on: "Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride," to learn about the young reader historical fiction chapter book due for release this fall. Proceeds will benefit the Narcissus Project :)
Click Here to go to the Museum store's online order page for the book. We will continue the pre-order special of shipping a signed copy by the author of the book until November 15th. 

MUST-READ! - Click Here
Here is an example of how donations to the Narcissus Project now will help with the interpretation portion of the project. The interpretation programming will include exhibits, displays, education programming. This year, through generous donations to the Narcissus Project, we were able to conserve, replicate, and have high resolutions digital image files made of the original, 1910, 25.5-foot long, surveyor map of the elevation and grade of the 30-mile private right-of-way of the Portland, Gray, and Lewiston Railroad (Portland-Lewiston Interurban)
MUST-READ! - Click Here  (In case you hadn't "clicked" and read it above :)

Please Consider a Donation to the Narcissus Project
to help us tell the incredible story of the Narcissus through the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project.
Thank You

   Inside the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop, the Narcissus is in the midst of major work as we strive to complete its restoration. With our estimate to have the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Narcissus in the fall of 2021, we are now planning the interpretation portion of the Narcissus Project. Donations to the Narcissus Project may be used in the future to help tell the incredible 100-plus-year-old story of the Narcissus. Your donation to the Narcissus is helping to make the dream of the project's success, a reality.

See below for Donation options -
It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus. 
Donation Options to Help the Narcissus Project:

The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit
educational organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
Renaissance Charitable Foundation (LPCT) by Fiduciary Trust Charitable Giving Fund
Mass Bay RRE - 2018 Railroad Preservation Grant 
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2018/2017/2016/2015
* The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2018/2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* LogMein - Matching Employee Donation
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Register Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the project of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus. We are currently raising funds to tell the incredible story of this Maine gem.

Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - Index

The Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today.
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.