Thursday, February 11, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update 2-11-2016

The repair/rebuild of the exterior frames that hold the mahogany sash and
its leaded stained glass, requires a very odd shaper setup. 
From a woodworking
standpoint, these exterior arched frames are very complex to reproduce segments
of, or in total. Lary Shaffer image

An end view of the complex cuts needed in a single piece of poplar.
Seashore Trolley Museum volunteer, Lary Shaffer, is working in his Scarborough Marsh Fine Furniture woodworking shop at his home, repairing the outside arched window frames for Narcissus. In some cases, the repairs require making relatively small pieces for the bottom ends of the arched halves, and in some cases, it will require a complete rebuild of each of the two halves and their attached extensions.

Please consider making a donation to the Narcissus Project. Funds are still needed to complete the restoration of the National Register of Historic Places member, Narcissus.  Scroll to the end of this post to find all donation options. Thank You :)

The lower end of this left segment of an exterior arched frame clearly shows
previous attempts of keeping the end in place. The direction of the grain of the
poplar has proven to be a problematic design flaw with virtually every exterior
frame, as well as every mahogany sash, designed to hold the ornate leaded
stained glass above each passenger window. PWM

A template had to be made. Lary Shaffer image

Trim bit doing its work in making a template. Lary Shaffer image

Template replica of the frame shape. Lary Shaffer image

The various jigs Lary has constructed for the purpose of making the cuts needed
in the poplar for the complex profiles in the arched exterior frames.
Lary Shaffer image
Here Lary is testing the odd shaper setup with a piece of wood being cut while
clamped in its special jig. 
The frame segments share the jig that cuts the top
profile, but left and right frame segments must have different jigs for the inside
curve of their bottom profile. The bottom profile requires three passes through
the shaper with different knife setups. Lary Shaffer image
License Plate on the wall in Lary's woodworking shop. Lary's father was
a fan of Roosevelt's. In particular, Franklin D., fifth cousin to Theodore Roosevelt :)
Franklin did marry Theodore's niece, Eleanor. Eleanor's father, Elliott Roosevelt,
was Theodore's younger brother. Elliott had passed away prior to Eleanor's wedding.
Theodore walked Eleanor down the aisle at her wedding.
Click here to see Elliott and Theodore images. PWM

This view has the No. 1 end on the left. The first large "eyebrow" location is where the word, seam, is pointing to. The window frames discussed in this post are on the exterior of the Narcissus and hold the mahogany sash, complete with their ornate leaded stained glass windows. There are twelve large "eyebrows". Six on each side. And two smaller arch windows, one on each side, on the No. 2 end (the "Teddy" end. The end where Theodore Roosevelt stood in the vestibule doorway, from which he waved to local folks gathered at stops along the PLI line on August 18, 1914). Each of the exterior frames was removed by the volunteer, Lary Shaffer. Lary Shaffer image

A close up of the elongated frame section that attaches to the left portion of the
first exterior frame on the left side of the No. 1 end. See image above with
the handwritten "3" arrow pointing to the extension. PWM

Here is a complete exterior frame. There is a left and right segment to the
arch. Each arch also has an extension section that travels left and right from
the top. This image shows the extension from the top on the right. This arch
is the first located on the left side of the No. 1 end and denotes where the
smoking compartment is located. The extension that is located on the left
of this arch is the segment that is several feet in length and extends
to the end of the vestibule and was not removed at the same time as these portions.
See image above. PWM

Top center of the exterior arched frame is where the left and right segments
of the arch are joined together. PWM

Right segment of an exterior arch with its extension. The end section of the
arch will need a repaired "end" or a newly built end attached. PWM

An "end" of an exterior arch being
repaired. This particular segment
will be used as a guide for constructing
new end segments that will be attached
to left or right arches that have no ends
to repair.
Lary Shaffer image
An "end" of an exterior arch being
repaired. This particular segment
will be used as a guide for constructing
new end segments that will be attached
to left or right arches that have no ends
to repair.
Lary Shaffer image

Narcissus in Town House Restoration Shop at
Seashore Trolley Museum August 2015
Image 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

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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