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 interest in seeing the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus restored to full operating status for pubic operations by 2019. 2019 will be the centennial of the passing of our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. Having a completely restored, operating Narcissus available in 2019 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 call 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 www.theodoreroosevelt.org home page)
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 Albemarie County, VA. (taken from www.theodoreroosevelt.org home page)
|Sagamore Hill National Historic Park,|
Oyster Bay, NY - PWM image
|Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace|
National Historic Site, NYC - PWM
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 other 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 years celebration.
|Author Chip Bishop was a guest speaker at 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
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
|Photo courtesy of Patricia Pierce Erikson|
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
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
Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project - See Options Below
$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
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
National Register of Historic Places Treasure,
See below for Donation options -
It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Please Help the Narcissus
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
Museum in Lowell (MA).
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-985-9723 - cell.
Thank You :)