Thursday, May 14, 2015

Experience Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist, Nature, and the Narcissus

Wilmot Dow (Island Falls, Maine) with Theodore Roosevelt and
William Sewall (Island Falls, Maine) at TR's Elkhorn Ranch
Medora, in the Dakota Territory (now ND) c 1886
TRC 520.14-005,  Houghton Library, Harvard University
Prepare Yourself
for an
Outdoor Experience
Observe & Engage in the Nature of Things

Join us at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine

We are celebrating Theodore Roosevelt’s passion for observing and understanding nature, living an active outdoor life, his commitment to conservation, and his connections to Maine at the event:

In his college days, he had intended to be a naturalist and natural history remained his strongest avocation. And so he taught his children to know the birds and animals, the trees, plants, and flowers of Oyster Bay and its neighborhood. (Theodore Roosevelt-by William Roscoe Thayer, 1919, pg. 258) See the Roosevelts' family home, Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, NY.

At the end of TR’s presidency, he had set aside over 230,000,000 acres of land for conservation, including 150 national forests, 51federal bird refuges, 18 national monuments, and 5 national parks

Scavenger Hunt!

A campus-wide scavenger hunt: clues will lead you to explore Seashore Trolley Museum's campus, learn about connections with Theodore Roosevelt and the history of the Museum's collection of historic railway vehicles and buildings, one of the Museum's volunteer family's personal connection to TR, as well as learn about local nature, and TR's conservation legacy. There will be dozens of prizes awarded throughout each day.

In cooperation with the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (KCT), visitors will be able to access and explore some of the KCT hiking trails available via trolley!

On Saturday, the Center for Wildlife will present their program,

Seasonal Wildlife Adaptations.
With assistance from live raptors, reptiles, and mammals, visitors will examine the special tools for surviving the New England seasons such as an owl's feathered talons or hibernation and migration. There will be four, separate, half-hour presentations throughout the day. Educators will focus on seasonal wildlife and their adaptations as well as tips on spotting and helping local wildlife.

On Sunday,
the Center for Wildlife will present their program, Owls: Silent Hunters of the Night.
The beautiful owl 
ambassadors show off their adaptations for the night hunting. Learn about the variety of New England species, their habitats, diets, calls, and tips on how to spot them in the wild. Educators will focus on their importance in balancing prey populations, current challenges, and how to help.

 TRC 560.11-020 Houghton Library
Harvard University
Theodore Roosevelt was a budding naturalist who, at a young age, learned taxidermy from John Graham Bell, a famous taxidermist and colleague of wildlife naturalist artist, John James Audubon. Over the years, TR contributed many specimens to museums. Including specimens, he acquired in Maine.
The Snowy Owl to the right was prepared and mounted by Theodore Roosevelt, Oyster Bay, NY, and given by him to the American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., TR's father, was one of the very earliest supporters in the creation of the American Museum of Natural History in 1869.

On Saturday and Sunday, award-winning professional taxidermist, Paul Reynolds, owner of Wild Wings Taxidermy will have a display of specimens on exhibit and will be conducting taxidermy demonstrations throughout each day.

The Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife services will be well represented by the Maine Fish & Wildlife science class from Thornton Academy (TA) in Saco, Maine. TA staff instructor, Josh Delcourt (a Registered Maine Guide and licensed U.S.C.G. Captain (Master 100GT)), and students from his class will have many Maine Inland Fish and Wildlife posters on display and wildlife specimens to help visitors to identify Maine species. The poster is available to purchase at the MILW online store: You are also welcome to visit the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, Maine.

Visit Registered Maine Guide Thomas Welch of Magalloway Guide Services and learn about Maine Guides. Guided Fly Fishing trips in the Rangeley-Oquossoc, Maine region, including the Magalloway River, Rangeley River; Kennebago River; Upper Dam and Rapid River; in southern Maine, the Saco River, Kennebunk River, and others.

     Custom Photo Tiles of America specializes in the sublimation of creative photo images into specialty ceramic photo tiles. CPTA's experienced staff can provide quotes on any conceivable tile you can imagine from coasters, murals, cutting boards, trivets, a family memento to a corporate brand extender in quantities of thousands.

The Brick Store Museum in Kennebunk is proud to contribute the work of its staff in outfitting a young President Roosevelt to welcome visitors to the Seashore Trolley Museum. Our shared past allows us to weave together national and local stories that truly make history.

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 to 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. 

We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal Set Nineteen Months Ago. Raise $40,000 for the Narcissus to Meet the Challenge of the Matching Grant from the 

This brings the Combined Total Amount of Donations to the
Narcissus, based on the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's matching grants to $100,000!  

The $40,000 donation will be the 2nd donation to the Narcissus from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation as a result of successfully raising funds for a matching grant. A previous $10,000 matching grant challenge was achieved in 2014.

Donations made to the Narcissus Fund 816-A, for the remainder of 2017 and until further notice,
 will be used for work and materials needed to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU
Your Donation Matters
Make a Donation TODAY

Please Help the Narcissus
Donations are now being raised to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

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 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: 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 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, or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
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 2017/2016/2015
The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 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
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016
Seal Cove Auto Museum

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 Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo

Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project. We are currently raising funds to restore the interior 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 - 100-Plus

Link to Libby/Libbey 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 - Libby/Libbey 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

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
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

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