Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The 2016 Narcissus Benefit Event Weekend, Teddy Roosevelt Days, a Success :)

Dan and Rose Vallee are together once again in the Narcissus. Married for 49
years, Dan first introduced Rose to his parents when the elder Vallees were
living in the Narcissus in Sabattus, Maine. This photo opportunity was
prepared specifically for photo opportunities inside the right side of the
smoking compartment during the three-day event to benefit the Narcissus
project. The restored original passenger windows in Santo Domingo
mahogany sash, with restored original leaded stained glass eyebrow
above, also in an original mahogany sash. All the mahogany components
seen here encasing the windows and the bulkhead frame (on far left
unfinished), including the brass hardware, are original to the Narcissus.
Notice the framed pictures of the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt
in the White House next to a 1914 image of the Narcissus in Gray :)

The 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban, Narcissus the night before the
Teddy Roosevelt Days benefit event guests will be invited to investigate
the beauty that we as volunteers or staff at Seashore Trolley Museum have
the privilege to experience daily.  All 26 restored stained glass
clerestory windows (13 on each side) were in place for the event. PWM

The right side at the number 1 end smoking compartment of the Narcissus.
The large leaded stained glass "eyebrow", on high, above the double-sash
passenger windows. Also in place for event guests viewing, for the three
day benefit event are the vertical sheathing on each side working
their way into the vertices of the restored exterior poplar arch halves.
PWM 

Lead Restoration Technician, Donald Curry leaning against a window in the
Narcissus, as Narcissus project manager, Phil Morse, chats with event guests
inside Seashore Trolley Museum's Town House Restoration Shop. PWM

Captured capturing a special moment. The right side of the Narcissus
smoking compartment was prepared specifically for guest photo opportunities
during the benefit event. In the background is the number 1 end vestibule. One
can see original bulkhead window sash with brass hinges (left and right), the
center train door, large window sash on either side of the train door, and lower
panels below the sash. All original mahogany!

Did I mention how popular this photo opportunity was?

Left to Right - Narcissus project manager, Phil Morse, author, Michael
Canfield, Dan Vallee, and Seashore Trolley Museum Library Committee
member, Karen Dooks. Patricia Pierce Erikson photo

Presque Isle Historical Society's display of the beautiful artifacts of
Theodore Roosevelt's. In the case on the left is TR's birch-bark moose call
he used while hunting in Maine in 1878 & 1879 with Maine guides,
William Sewall and Wilmot Dow. The mirror on the wall in the back is the
original buffalo-horn mirror from TR's Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota.
Sewall and Dow were hired as ranch hands for the ranch in the mid-1880s.
The Maine guides cut down trees and built the Elkhorn Ranch and lived in the
ranch house with their wives (and had children) and with TR. In the case on
the right, is TR's single action, Colt 40 caliber long-barreled revolver used
in the Dakotas. PWM

How cool is this shot? The reflection in Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch
mirror is of the three men that used this very mirror on a daily basis for three
years in North Dakota in the mid-1880s! (L-R) Theodore Roosevelt,
Wilmot Dow, and William Sewall. The image is from February 1879 in Maine.
TRC 520.12.015 PWM

Presque Isle Historical Society's, Kimberly Smith, introduces the Roosevelt
items to the guests assembled during the Friday reception of Teddy Roosevelt
Days event to benefit the Narcissus.

Author, Michael Canfield, discussed many intriguing points within his new
book about TR, "Theodore Roosevelt in the Field". I personally found the
book very engaging, and enlightening and recommend it strongly. PWM

Dan Vallee gave an extremely entertaining explanation of what his life was
like as he grew up living in the Narcissus in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Stories
of living conditions, family members and life in general as told through a
variety of personal stories. Well Done Dan!

Teddy Root Beer

Raffle prizes included a pine wood-barreled pen. The pine is from a
Narcissus clerestory, nailing roof rib. Also, an ash wood-barreled pen
was raffled off as well. PWM

An image that shows what the future has in store for us. After seeing so
many of the stained glass windows in place in the Narcissus over the
three-day event, my sense is that the Narcissus is going to be even more
beautiful when fully restored, then we even dreamed it might be.

360-degree view of the reception set up just prior to guests arriving. PWM

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 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 :)

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.