Monday, October 19, 2015

$40,000 Matching Grant to Benefit the Narcissus Project!

$40,000 Matching Grant Opportunity
To Benefit the
The Narcissus, with interior back-light, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
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.
Patricia Pierce Erikson photo
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 
Narcissus

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....
Please Help the Narcissus

Various News stories this summer about the Narcissus
and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR was a
passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.
Patricia Pierce Erikson photo.
Click HERE to read more about the Restoration of the Narcissus
Donations made to Narcissus fund 816-A and received prior to December 31, 2015 are eligible for a Thank You Gift.
See List Below of Donation Level options and associated Thank You Gifts
If you prefer to NOT receive a Thank You Gift, please make a notation stating such.
 Under Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the estimated value of the benefits received in the Thank You Gifts below is not substantial (*Unless otherwise noted); therefore the full amount of your payment (donation) is a deductible contribution to the extent provided by the law.

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 online through PayPal with a PayPal account or by using a Credit Card: Click here to make an online donation - with PayPal you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus Fund 816-A

Donation of Securities **** We also except 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 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,  p.morse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)


Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! 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.

Thank You Gifts

Many Thank You Gifts are one-of-a-kind or are of limited quantities. See details in each category.
If you prefer to NOT receive a thank You Gift, please make a notation stating such.
Under Internal Revenue Service guidelines, the estimated value of the benefits received in the Thank You Gifts below is not substantial (*Unless otherwise noted); therefore the full amount of your payment (donation) is a deductible contribution to the extent allowed by the IRS.

During the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's
Special Matching Gift Opportunity:
Every Donor that Makes a Donation to the
Narcissus Project
will receive a
Collector Bill Keepsake.
Narcissus Novelty Bill!

Front Side - Narcissus novelty note collector bill keepsake
Click HERE to learn how these notes were made.
Narcissus Novelty Bills

Reverse Side - Narcissus novelty note collector bill keepsake

First One Hundred Donors to Make A Donation between $30 and $50, will receive 
a limited edition Theodore Roosevelt Button - 3"

Original painting by Ross R. Rossin, otherwise known as "Rossin", for
the Theodore Roosevelt Association.
The Theodore Roosevelt Association is helping with the Narcissus Project.
Click HERE to learn how.

First Thirty Donors to Make A Donation between $60 and $100, will receive
a set of 3 uncirculated, America The Beautiful Quarters series -
Acadia National Park - one each - D, P, S.
Acadia National Park has an indirect connection to Theodore Roosevelt:
Originally named the Sieur de Monts National Monument (ME), it was dedicated as the Lafayette National Park on the same day as the Grand Canyon National Monument (AZ) was designated as a National Park - February 26, 1919. On January 19, 1929, the first National Park east of the Mississippi River was renamed, Acadia National Park. TR visited Mount Desert Island in August of 1880, stayed with friends in Schooner Head, and traveled in the area that is now Acadia National Park (ME)(this last sentence is, in part from, Becoming Teddy Roosevelt-Vietze pg.72)

America The Beautiful Quarters (uncirculated) - Acadia National Park
Click HERE to learn more about the National Parks 100th Birthday
and TR's Conservation efforts.
One Coin Each with: D, P, and S mint stamp
First Thirty Donors to Make A Donation between $110 and $150, will receive
a set of 12 uncirculated, America The Beautiful Quarters series - 
Acadia National Park - one each - D, P.
Chickasaw National Park - one each - D, P.
Grand Canyon National Park - one each - D, P.
Olympic National Park - one each - D, P.
Yosemite National Park, one each - D, P.
Yellowstone National Park - D, P.

Each of these National Parks has a connection to Theodore Roosevelt. Acadia's connection is mentioned above. TR also visited and enjoyed Yellowstone immensely.
Click Here to learn more of his connections to the other four National Parks.


America The Beautiful Quarters (uncirculated) - See list above

Two coins from each of six National Parks listed above. One coin in each pair
with a D mint mark and one with a P mint mark.

First Twenty Donors to Make A Donation between $160 and $200, will have a choice
to receive one, of two, paperback books , each signed by the author.
Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th President by
or
Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War by

Autographed by the author, Andrew Vietze. Maine
was a special place to Roosevelt. Read about
TR's visits to Island Falls, Maine and his
relationships with Maine guides
William Sewall and Wilmot Dow.
Click HERE to learn more
Autographed by the author, Chip Bishop.
Quentin and Flora's story is revealed, making for
 a haunting tale of adventure, heroism, and heartbreak.
Click HERE to learn more.

























First Ten Donors to Make A Donation between $210 and $250, will receive
a limited-edition, Narcissus Suncatcher - 7"
Narcissus suncatcher made from remaining glass used in the
restoration of the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban
No. 14, Narcissus. Each suncatcher is unique and made by
Deb Caron Plourde at Sundancer Stained Glass.
Click HERE to learn how the stained glass windows
of Narcissus were restored.

First Twenty Donors to Make A Donation between $260 and $499, will receive
a limited-edition Ball Point Pen. The wooden barrel of this pen is made from
Original Ash Wood from the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus!
The Ash Wood is from the damaged Clerestory Roof Ribs that were not able to be used in the
restoration of the beautiful interurban.
Each Pen comes with a signed card of Authenticity and a display box.

Wooden barrel of this pen is original ash from the clerestory roof rib from the
1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus.
Barrel work and pen assembly by Thomas Kovalcik Woodworking
Click HERE to learn how these pens are made.

Display box with ash wood pen

First Ten Donors to Make A Donation between $500 and $749, will receive
a limited-edition Ball Point Pen. The wooden barrel of this pen is made from
Original Mahogany Wood from the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus!
The Mahogany Wood is from the damaged frames of the Stained Glass Clerestory Windows
that were not able to be used in the restoration of the beautiful interurban.
The Mahogany Barrel of each pen is unique, making for a truly special and beloved keepsake.
Each Pen comes with a signed card of Authenticity and a display box (see above box with ash barrel pen).

Wooden barrel of this pen is original Santo Domingo Mahogany from the
stained glass clerestory window frames from the

1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus.
Barrel work and pen assembly by Thomas Kovalcik Woodworking
Click HERE to learn how these pens are made.

First Four Donors to Make A Donation of $1,000 or more will receive a,
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History Poster, signed by Ken Burns.
A letter of authenticity will accompany the Thank You Gift.
*The value of this gift is $110. The Deductible portion of your donation will be reduced by $110 if you choose to receive this poster as a Thank You Gift.

Ken Burns signed Poster promoting the film,
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Click HERE to learn more about TR's connections to Maine

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 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


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
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 - See Options Below

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!

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
Narcissus!

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus

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.
Link to Libb(e)y 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 - 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:


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 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, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.
Thank You :)

Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! 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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