Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Two Accomplished Writers and a National Park Service Ranger from Sagamore Hill NHS will Speak at Theodore Roosevelt Event this Summer at Trolley Museum



Seashore Trolley Museum will present a new weekend event Beginning this summer on July 31, 2015. The weekend event titled, Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist, Nature, and the Narcissus, honors our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, and his conservation efforts, while celebrating his connection to Seashore's own 1912, Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus. Proceeds benefit the Narcissus restoration project. This weekend includes engaging, enlightening, challenging, and fun activities and programs for all.  This event embraces Theodore Roosevelt's passion for observing and understanding nature, his vigor for an active outdoor life, his commitment to conservation, and his connections to Maine. More details about the event activities and the listing of the great organizations participating, will be in future blogs. Here are the featured speakers for the exciting weekend.


Chip Bishop

Chip Bishop will be speaking to his new book, Quentin & Flora - A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War. 
Chip is a member of the board of directors of the Biographers International Organization, on the Advisory Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the executive committee of its New England chapter. He is the great-grandnephew of Joseph Bucklin Bishop, Theodore Roosevelt’s authorized biographer, who was profiled in his first book, The Lion and the Journalist – The Unlikely Friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Bucklin Bishop. Chip has now started a biography of Elliott Roosevelt, TR's younger brother and the father of Eleanor Roosevelt. Chip will be signing and selling his books at the event on Friday, July 31, at 3pm.


Theodore Roosevelt (sitting) with his brother Elliott
wearing hunting outfits ca 1880 summer,
TRC 520.12-018, Houghton Library, Harvard University

TR's brother Elliott, is Eleanor Roosevelt's father. TR would become the 26th President of the United States. Eleanor would marry Franklin D. Roosevelt, a distant cousin, who later became the 32nd President of the United States.



Andrew Vietze


The former Managing Editor of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Andrew Vietze is a bestselling author. The critically acclaimed Becoming Teddy Roosevelt (Down East, 2010) won a silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York, was a ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist, and was the inspiration for Coastal Maine BotanicalGarden's new program for middle schoolers, the Lunder New Naturalists, which is now part of the curriculum at 20 Maine schools and involves more than 600 students. The book speaks to when Theodore Roosevelt went into the Maine Woods with legendary Maine guide Bill Sewall, he was a sickly, asthmatic city boy. When he emerged several trips later, he was a robust, confident outdoorsman—the kind of man who could be president. This book describes the lifelong friendship between the twenty-sixth president and the lumberman from Island Falls and explores how that bond changed Roosevelt (and the nation) and why it matters today. Andrew will be signing and selling his books at the event on Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd.

William Wingate Sewall, Wilmot Dow, and Theodore Roosevelt
with snowshoes 
in Maine ca February 1879
Houghton Library, Harvard University 

While an undergraduate student at Harvard University, Theodore Roosevelt visited Island Falls, Maine on three occasions during 1878 and 1879. TR would stay at the Sewall's home and William Sewall and William's nephew, Wilmot Dow,  would be TR's guides. 


R.Joshua Reyes
Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY
Collection of PWM

Joshua Reyes  


Joshua Reyes is a National Park Service Park Ranger at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the Theodore Roosevelt family home in Oyster Bay, NY. Josh has worked for the National Park Service for twelve years. He is the volunteer coordinator at Sagamore Hill and will speak to TR's family life at Sagamore Hill as well as provide some insight into the three-year renovation of the site. The anticipated reopening date for Sagamore Hill is July 12, 2015. The National Park Service Centennial will be celebrated in August 2016 and to kick off the year approaching the centennial, the NPS has introduced the new
Find Your Park program.
Josh will be speaking to guests on Friday night, July 31, Saturday, August 1, and Sunday, August 2.


Theodore Roosevelt in the dinning room of his beloved home,
Sagamore Hill ca 1894,  TRC R500.R67-002 Houghton Library, Harvard University 


Mark your calendars (purchase your Friday-opening tickets in advance) and plan to attend the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017

A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

Click Here: First Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - W. S. Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer
Click Here: Second Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "My Maine"
Click Here: Third Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Wade Zahares - Artist


More details on the celebration will be announced soon.
The Friday activity requires a ticket to be purchased in
advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
general admission public offerings at


The Narcissus Project Blog was created in April 2015 for the purpose of reaching out to a large number of folks through the power of social media to introduce them to the Narcissus. The Narcissus is a luxury, high-speed, wooden electric interurban. The Narcissus was built in 1912 in Laconia, NH and operated on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, in Maine, between Portland and Lewiston, from 1914 into 1933. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. The blog posts appeal to folks with an interest in Theodore Roosevelt's connection to Maine, to folks generally interested in regional/local history, as well as those folks within the greater railway family. Hopefully, these posts will endear many of the readers to help support the Narcissus financially, as it undergoes a complete restoration over the next few years at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 


More than Halfway There!!!
 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
* 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
* 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 2015/2016
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant


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

Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project - See Options Below

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!


The 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

20th Century Electric Railway Foundation
will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
Narcissus!

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus

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.
Link to Libb(e)y Family connections

Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


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 :)

Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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