Friday, August 14, 2015

The Theodore Roosevelt Association and Narcissus

In many of the previous Narcissus project blog posts, the Theodore Roosevelt Association is mentioned. This post is to give readers some background information about the TRA and the developing relationship between the Seashore Trolley Museum and the Theodore Roosevelt Association. The relationship was initiated by the organizations shared an interest in seeing the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus restored to full operating status for public operations by 2019. 2019 will be the centennial of the passing of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. Having a completely restored, operating Narcissus available would allow for an incredible tribute ceremony, to honor TR, to be held at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport.
The Narcissus is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It is the sole surviving interurban from what has been called the Finest Electric Railroad in all New England. Narcissus has the distinction of having Theodore Roosevelt as a passenger from Lewiston to Portland (ME) on August 18, 1914.

The Theodore Roosevelt Association is a historical and public service organization dedicated to perpetuating the memory and ideals of Theodore Roosevelt. While looking back at Roosevelt's life, times, and legacy, we have our sights on the future through programs that recognize brave and gifted individuals, inspire public service, bring comfort to sick children, and develop tomorrow's leaders. 
(taken from homepage)

Since our founding in 1919, the TRA has been instrumental in preserving sites of importance to Roosevelt's life and legacy. We maintain close ties with many historic landmarks, including Sagamore Hill National Historic Park in Oyster Bay, NY, Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site in New York City, Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial in Washington, DC, the , Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, and Pine Knot, the Roosevelts' presidential retreat in Albemarle County, VA.  (taken from homepage)

Theodore Roosevelt's Birthplace in New York City and Sagamore Hill, his beloved home in Oyster Bay, NY, both of which were donated to the National Park Service in 1962 by the TRA, have been given long-needed renovations.

Here are three current TRA programs:

Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest
TR Public Speaking Contest for the New York City public high schools dates back to 1925, and in recent years contests have been staged for high schools in Nassau County, Long Island, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and western New York. Scholarships for college are given in New York City ($5,000) and in other locations ($1,000). Contestants give five-minute speeches, without notes, on Theodore Roosevelt. In all contests, there are semi-finals and finals. This program may be expanding into the northern New England area as well.

Theodore Roosevelt Police Awards
There are many Theodore Roosevelt Police Awards including New York City, Buffalo, the greater NY area and Boston, the Washington, DC area, Nashville, Dallas, San Diego, and Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island.
The awards are given to law enforcement officers on active duty who have overcome illness, injury, handicap, or another physical challenge, and who have outstanding records of police work and have returned to full-time work as police officers. All these awards are given by local chapters or groups. This program may also be expanding into more northern New England communities in the near future.

Teddy Bears for Kids Fundraiser and Hospital Support
Since the 1980s the TRA has given in excess of 85,000 Teddy bears to hospitalized children nationwide. Today we offer both "Classic Bears" and "Made-in-the-USA Bears."

This fall, the TRA will be celebrating their 96th Annual Meeting. The celebration will be in Boston on  Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3.  I encourage you to check out the TRA website and all the great things they do and consider becoming a member and to attend the annual meeting in Boston. I enjoyed last year's annual meeting in NYC very much and am looking forward to the wonderful and informative offerings at this year's celebration.

Author Chip Bishop was a guest speaker on Friday's opening of the
Teddy Roosevelt Days event at Seashore Trolley Museum on July 31, 2015.
Chip is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and serves on 
the executive committee of the New England Chapter.  Photo courtesy of

Chip Bishop welcomes Laurence Pels to the opening night of the
Teddy Roosevelt Days event at Seashore Trolley Museum. Laurence is
the executive director of the Theodore Roosevelt Association
in Oyster Bay, NY. Photo courtesy of Patricia Pierce Erikson

National Park Service ranger, Josh Reyes, addresses the event guests. He has
been a ranger at Sagamore Hill National Historic Park for ten years.
Photo courtesy of Patricia Pierce Erikson

TRA executive director Laurence Pels (left) and Narcissus project manager
Phil Morse relaxing and enjoying an early evening ride on the 1906 Montreal
Observation car as they discuss possible future collaboration opportunities
between Seashore Trolley Museum and the TRA.
Photo courtesy of Patricia Pierce Erikson

Photo courtesy of Patricia Pierce Erikson

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 :)

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.

The 2015 publication of, The Illustrated Atlas
of Maine's Street & Electric Railways
1863-1946, was published by the Library
at Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport.
Copies are available for purchase from the

Seashore Trolley Museum, - Museum of Mass Transit, is celebrating its 80th Birthday year in 2019! 
Special Events are scheduled  - Public operations start on May 4, 2019. 
Click Here for the 2019 Events & Special Activities for the 80th Anniversary Season, with hot links

Click Here for 2019 Special Events 

Click Here for 80th Anniversary Year - Seashore Trolley Museum 1939-2019 post
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the 50s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year - A Look Back at the 60s  - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for the post - 80th Anniversary Year -A Look Back at the '70s - Seashore Trolley Mus.
Click Here for The Birth of Seashore Trolley Museum Blog Post
Click Here for STM's Ten National Register of Historic Places Electric Railway Vehicles post
Click Here for 1901 Tower C Boston Elevated Railway to STM in 1975
Click Here for No. 38 - 1906 Manchester & Nashua Street Railway - Acquired March 21, 1940
Click Here for No. 60 - 1895 Manchester Street Railway - Acquired April 11, 1941
Click Here for No. 4387 - 1918 Eastern Mass. Street Railway - Acquired August 29, 1946
Click Here for No. 100 - 1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 108 - 1904 Portsmouth, Dover & York Street Railway - Acquired 1949
Click Here for No. 14 Narcissus 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban - Acquired 1969

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 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 - 2018 - Major Gift, 2017/2014 Matching Grants
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.

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