Sunday, May 17, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt: Conservation - National Parks & Monuments

But the greatest of Roosevelt's words as a legislator were those which he carried through in the fields of 
conservation and reclamation.
Theodore Roosevelt, (1919) by William Roscoe Thayer, page 236.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon - Established May 22, 1902 (TR)
 c Summer 2010 - C. Flake image
At the end of Theodore Roosevelt's presidency, he had set aside over 230,000,000 acres of land for conservation, including 5 National Parks, 18 National Monuments, 51 Federal Bird Refuges, and 150 National Forests. Total federal lands combined would be an area larger than the state of Texas that was put under conservation protection by TR.

National Parks and National Monuments Established by Theodore Roosevelt.

National Parks
Crater Lake National Park, OR - May 22, 1902
Wind Cave National Park, SD - January 9, 1903
Sullys Hill National Park, ND - April 24, 1904 (became National Game Preserve in 1921)
Platt National Park, OK - June 29, 1906 (joined Chickasaw National Recreation Area 1976)
Mesa Verde National Park, CO - June 29, 1906
Land Added to Yosemite National Park, CA - August 1, 1906 (Yosemite Valley & Mariposa Big Tree Grove became part of Yosemite National Park after the Yosemite State Park receded)

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
Established June 29, 1906 (TR)
 c Summer 2010 - C. Flake image
Yosemite National Park, California
Established October 1, 1890
Lands Added August 1, 1906 (TR)
c Summer 2010 - C. Flake image

National Monuments
On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the "Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities," also known as the National Monument Act or the Antiquities Act. the law authorizes the President, at his discretion, to "declare" by public proclamation historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic and scientific interest that are situated upon lands owned or controlled by the Government of the United States to be National Monuments."

Devil's Tower, WY - September 24, 1906 (Became the First Declared National Monument)
El Morro, NM - December 8, 1906
Montezuma Castle, AZ - December 8, 1906
Petrified Forest, AZ - December 8, 1906 (Petrified Forest National Park March 28, 1958)
Chaco Canyon, NM - March 11, 1907 (Chaco Culture National Historical Park December 19, 1980)
Cinder Cone, CA -May 6, 1907 (Incorporated into Lassen Volcanic National Park August 9, 1916)
Lassen Peak, CA - May 6, 1907 (Lassen Volcanic National Park August 9, 1916)
Chalmette, LA - May 24, 1907 (Chalmette National Historical Park August 10, 1939 - Incorporated into the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve November 10, 1978)
Gila Cliff Dwellings, NM - November 16, 1907 (Now within the Gila Wilderness, which in 1924 became the Nations First Designated Wilderness Area and is part of the Gila National Forest)
Tonto, AZ - December 19, 1907
Muir Woods, CA - January 9, 1908
Grand Canyon, AZ - January 11, 1908 ( Grand Canyon National Park February 26, 1919)
Pinnacles, CA - January 16, 1908 (Pinnacles National Park January 10, 2013)
Jewel Cave, SD - February 7, 1908
Natural Bridge, UT - April 16, 1908
Lewis & Clark Cavern, MT - May 11, 1908 (Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park August 24, 1937)
Tumacacori, AZ - September 15, 1908 (Tumacacori National Historical Park August 6, 1990)
Wheeler, CO - December 7, 1908 (Transferred to the Rio Grande National Forest August 3, 1950)
Mount Olympus, WA - March 2, 1909 (Olympic National Park  June 29, 1938)

A Maine connection to TR and the Grand Canyon National Park :)

Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, was established as a National Monument on January 11, 1908 (TR), became a National Park on February 26, 1919, the same day the Sieur de Monts National Monument, ME, became the Lafayette National Park. the first National Park east of the Mississippi. On January 19, 1929, the Maine park was renamed Acadia National Park.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
c Summer 2010 - C. Flake image
Acadia National Park, Maine c Summer 2014 - PWM

The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 26, 2016. Learn about the Centennial celebration program, Find Your Park, and NPS centennial history about Visionary Leaders like Theodore Roosevelt and about Building on Success programs with the NPS partners around the country. 
The list of National Parks and links to the above are only the early contributions to the National Park system that Theodore Roosevelt was in great part responsible for helping to make happen. He championed the fight to protect and make available these places for individuals to enjoy the beauty or to protect the historical integrity of future generations to research and learn from. His campaign set a precedent that many others would follow. Our country now has hundreds of unique holdings safe and available for the public to experience.  Say a Thank You! to TR and all the others that have come before and those that now work so hard to continue the campaign. Be sure to do your part and plan a visit, get involved, and experience these marvelous places.

I'm going to make a pitch for you to visit four National Parks, three that I enjoyed visiting in 2014.

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts
Being as I'm a long-time volunteer at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, I certainly need to encourage you to visit the Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, Massachusetts. They operate trolleys!! Seashore Trolley Museum has had a long-standing partnership with the Park Service going back to the early planning stages of the park. On May 15, 2014, Seashore Trolley Museum volunteers were presented with the NPS 2014 Northeast Region George B. and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service Volunteer Group. Seashore Trolley Museum has a sister operation in Lowell, the National Streetcar Museum where Trolley Museum volunteers operate its 1924 New Orleans Public Service No. 966 from the Rue "Desire" line along with the National Park trolleys.

2014 Northeast Region George B. & Helen Hartzog Award

The home of Theodore Roosevelt, his beloved Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay. Set to reopen this summer on July 12, following major renovations, be sure to add this stop to your list. The NPS at Sagamore HillThe Friends of Sagamore Hill and the Theodore Roosevelt Association have been very helpful in providing guidance, support, and materials, for Seashore Trolley Museum's, Theodore Roosevelt: Naturalist, Nature, and the Narcissus event being held in Kennebunkport, Maine, July 31 through August 2, 2015. Thank you all :)
Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY
c October 2014 PWM
Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY
c October 2014 PWM

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace
National Historic Site, NY, NY
c October 2014 PWM
The birthplace of TR is a townhouse at 28 E. 20th Street in New York City, NY. You won't be able to visit it this year :( as it closed earlier this month to begin renovations. It is scheduled to reopen to the public in 2016.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Check out these Pictures...need I say more? I can't help myself :) If you want to start your morning by having the early morning rays of the rising sun shining on you in the morning before anyone else in the United States, hike to the peak of Cadillac Mountain very early. Do it :)
Bar Harbor, Maine
c August 2014 PWM
Acadia National Park, Maine
c August 2014 PWM

Bar Harbor, Maine
c August 2014 PWM
Bar Harbor, Maine
c August 2014 PWM

Exciting Matching Grant Challenge Started March 1, 2016

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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