Sunday, June 28, 2015

Making Roosevelt Exhibits - TR Fathead Decals - Very Large Decals :)

Theodore Roosevelt (L) with his younger brother Elliott Roosevelt
(father of Eleanor Roosevelt) (R) in their hunting outfits. Summer 1880.
TRC 520.12-018 Houghton Library, Harvard University
This image above is actually in the form of a "Fathead" decal :). A very large decal on that! It measures a little more than six feet wide by a little more than six feet high. The Teddy Roosevelt Days event at Seashore Trolley Museum will have three large decals of Theodore Roosevelt on display. Close to life-size images of TR as a youngster and when he was about twenty-one and twenty-two. These near life-size images were made possible by working with Heather Cole at Harvard University. Heather is the curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Collection within the Houghton Library at Harvard. Heather is also the assistant curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts.
I had had email correspondence with Heather starting more than a year ago as I was researching details of TR's visit's to Maine when he was a young man. I had the pleasure of meeting Heather in Manhattan last October, during the weekend activities of the Theodore Roosevelt Association's 95th annual meeting. Heather and I happened to be on the same tour group in TR's birthplace home, a National Park Historic Site at 28th East 20th in Manhattan.

During the planning stages for exhibit ideas for the Teddy Roosevelt Days event, I emailed Heather and asked her about the Theodore Roosevelt Collection of images held at the Houghton Library and what the process might be if I were to ask for some images that were at a very high resolution to be made into near life-size images. Heather responded to me and connected me to Mary Haegert. Mary works in the Public Services department of Houghton Library at Harvard. Mary was very helpful. One of the images I was looking to have scanned at a higher resolution was from a glass negative. Given some time, Mary and her staff were able to provide me with the three images at a high enough resolution that near life-size Fathead decals could be made from.

Next, I contacted Fathead about making life-size decals of the three TR images from Harvard. It took some creativity, but the graphics folks at Fathead came through and now the task begins to work with these large decals to present the images to the visitors at the Teddy Roosevelt Days during the first weekend in August this summer :)

The image below was scanned at a higher resolution and is now a decal that is nearly seven feet wide by five feet tall.

Dresden Literary American Club, July 1, 1873
Dresden, Germany
(L- R)Theodore Roosevelt, Elliott Roosevelt,
Corinne Roosevelt, Maud Elliott, John Elliott.
Cousins began a reading club while living
in Dresden, Germany. The summer before TR would
attend a summer camp at Moosehead Lake, Maine.
TRC 520.12-018 Houghton Library, Harvard University
This image below is from a glass negative. There are some scratches and imperfections as might be expected. It is an iconic image of TR (on the left) near Island Falls, Maine in March 1879 with his dear friends and Maine guides, William Sewall (center) and Wilmot Dow (right).  This image is now a decal that is nine feet wide by six and a half feet tall!

TRC 520.12-016 Houghton Library, Harvard University

Attend one of the four special "Expeditions"
at Teddy Roosevelt Days at Seashore Trolley Museum.
Special guests author, Chip Bishop (Friday), Maine
author, Andrew Vietze (Sat. and Sun.), and
National Park Ranger, Josh Reyes (Fri., Sat, & Sun.).
Josh is the volunteer coordinator at TR's beloved home,
National Historic Site, Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, NY.

One of six posters signed by Ken Burns that will be
raffled off during the Teddy Roosevelt Days event
at Seashore Trolley Museum
August 31 through August 2.
There's going to be a very engaging scavenger hunt at the
Teddy Roosevelt Days event :) There will be many, many prizes
given out. Many of the answers to scavenger hunt clues will be found
throughout previous posts on this blog :)
In an upcoming blog post, you will learn the significance of the
image may be a subliminal message to "follow" this
blog by signing up your email today...don't miss out
on any of the upcoming posts! photo by PWM
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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