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

Museum of Mass Transit is celebrating its 81st Birthday year in 2020! 
Special Events are scheduled  - Public operations start on May 2, 2020. 
Click Here for the 2019 Events & Special Activities for the 80th Anniversary Season, with hot links

Click Here for 2019 Special Events 

Check out the new book that features the Narcissus!
Look below to read the many great reviews!

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

Three 5-Star Reviews from Readers' Favorite posted on January 6, 2020
Click Here to read the post

"An eye-opening and entertaining ride - you won't want the train to stop!
Highly recommended.
Andrew Vietze, award-winning author of Becoming Teddy Roosevelt.

Books are available at these local bookstores in Maine:
The Book Review, Falmouth
Letterpress Books, Portland
Nonesuch Books and More, South Portland
Nubble Books, Biddeford
Seashore Trolley Museum, Kennebunkport
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops - All locations

A resource for teachers. 
     We are working with the Maine Historical Society to create State-standard-based lesson plans for classroom use in grades 4, 5, 6, and 7. We hope to have the vocabulary for the various grades released soon and to unveil the full lesson plans early in 2020. In the meantime, the teacher resource post has a listing of online references for people, places, and events that are referred to throughout the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride - written with a focus on using vocabulary words and sentence structure that might be useful in classroom studies for students and teachers in grades 4 to 7. Though, there are numerous words, sentences, topics, and references that students and teachers in a variety of grades, as well as readers of all ages, will find useful and of interest. 

Click Here for the announcement of the award-winning narrator for the audiobook :) 

     Millie Thayer is a headstrong farmer's daughter who chases her dreams in a way you would expect a little girl nicknamed "Spitfire would-running full tilt and with her eyes on the stars. Dreaming of leaving the farm life, working in the city, and fighting for women's right to vote, Millie imagines flying away on a magic carpet. One day, that flying carpet shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm. A fortune-teller predicts that Millie's path will cross that of someone famous. Suddenly, she finds herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family. Despairing that her dreams may be shattered, Millie learns, in an unexpected way, that dreams can be shared.

The paperback edition of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride can be purchased online through the Seashore Trolley Museum's store website. Books purchased through the Museum's website directly benefit the Museum and the Narcissus project. Amazon book purchases also benefit the Museum and the Narcissus.

Click Here to go to the Museum Store webpage to order online

Click Here to go to the Amazon page to order the book online

Click Here to go to the ebook Kindle page through Amazon

Click Here for the post on the ebook release video with a guided tour of the Narcissus

Book, ebook, and (soon) audiobook available through Amazon.

Click Here to read January 24, 2020 - Four-Star Clarion Review

Click Here to read January 20, 2020 - Coveted Starred Blueink Review

Click Here to read January 19, 2020 - Theodore Roosevelt Center Blog Post Review

Click Here to read the December 25, 2019 4-Stars out of 4-Stars Review through OnlineBookClub

     In June of 2018, I was very happy to release a blog post announcing that award-winning Maine author, Jean M. Flahive, had agreed to write a young reader historical fiction chapter book that would benefit the Narcissus Project. In October of 2019, I was happy to report, that the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, had been printed and was available to purchase! Below are some blurbs/reviews from a few individuals who read the manuscript after being professionally edited by Maine Authors Publishing in Thomaston, Maine. 

MUST-READ! - Click Here
Here is an example of how donations to the Narcissus Project now will help with the interpretation portion of the project. The interpretation programming will include exhibits, displays, education programming. During 2019, through generous donations to the Narcissus Project, we were able to conserve, replicate, and have high resolutions digital image files made of the original, 1910, 25.5-foot long, surveyor map of the elevation and grade of the 30-mile private right-of-way of the Portland, Gray, and Lewiston Railroad (Portland-Lewiston Interurban)
MUST-READ! - Click Here  (In case you hadn't "clicked" and read it above :)

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.

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
Renaissance Charitable Foundation (LPCT) by Fiduciary Trust Charitable Giving Fund
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.