Friday, September 2, 2016

Narcissus Restoration Update - August 2016

The Narcissus with all of its roof boards removed. Each of the ash roof ribs
will  be inspected, and if necessary, removed, repaired, and or replaced. Most
are in very good shape. All original steel screws will be replaced with
stainless steel screws. The roof boards were in varying degrees of condition.
Some were missing, some have water damage, some with critter damage,
many are able to be repaired and returned to service. August 15, 2016 PWM

Critters gnawed their way through the roof boards, entered the comfy
confines of the Narcissus, and set up a multi-family housing complex.
August 14, 2016. PWM

Many of the original steel nails from 1912 had lost their ability to properly
hold the roof boards securely to the roof ribs, so at some point in years past,
galvanized nails were nailed next to every original nail in every roof board.
This double-nailing made it twice as difficult to remove the roof boards
without further damaging the original poplar tongue-and-groove boards.
August 13, 2016. PWM

The 1912 Narcissus on August 15, 2016. Looking rather skeletal-like,
following the removal of all its roof boards. It looked much different a week
earlier, as it had many restored components put in place for the annual
fundraising event weekend to benefit the project. The 2016 Teddy Roosevelt
Days event was a great success. All the guests that attended throughout the
three-days were treated to a glimpse of just how truly beautiful the
Narcissus will be when its restoration is complete.
August 15, 2016. PWM

The right side of the Narcissus (with the number 2 end on the left,
 affectionately called the "Teddy end" - Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger
on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914) with the thirteen ornate leaded-stained
glass clerestory windows temporarily in place for the 2016 Teddy Roosevelt
Days event weekend. To the right, you can see the large leaded stained glass
"eyebrow" window in place in the smoking compartment.
August 4, 2016. PWM

The left side of the 1912 Narcissus (number 1 end on the left) on the evening
of August 4, 2016. PWM

Donald Curry, Lead Restoration Technician on the Narcissus restoration,
during the early stages of assembling the various components necessary
to enclose the right side of the smoking compartment on the number 1 end.
August 1, 2016.  PWM

Interior of the right side of the smoking compartment at the number 1 end.
Restored original mahogany sash passenger windows with their polished
original brass hardware. Original Santo Domingo mahogany pieces that were
restored 15 to 20 years ago, were removed from storage for use enclosing
the window openings. August 4, 2016. PWM

Right side smoking compartment with restored windows and sash in place
on August 4, for the Narcissus fundraising event weekend,
Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016. From this vantage point, you can see through
the smoking compartment to view the large leaded stained glass "eyebrow"
on the left side and the pair of restored leaded stained glass windows in the
clerestory. On the exterior, you can see the top of the eyebrow is held in place
with a restored exterior poplar frame and by the face-board between the
restored mahogany passenger window sash. Also, the vertical
tongue-and-groove sheathing is in place surrounding the double
sash/eyebrow assembly. August 4, 2016. PWM

The right side of the Narcissus smoking compartment was prepared
specifically for guest photo opportunities during the benefit event. In
the background of this image 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. These are all original mahogany components
of the Narcissus. August 5, 2016. Patricia Pierce Erikson photo

Original poplar tongue-and-groove vertical sheathing for the number 1 end
dasher, repaired, primed, and ready for finish coats of Pullman Green.
August 8, 2016. 

Original poplar tongue-and-groove vertical sheathing for the number 1 end
with finish coats of Pullman Green. August 12, 2016. PWM

A few of the original poplar exterior arch halves repaired, primed, and joined
together, and ready for finish coats of Pullman Green. Each of these is over
one of the large leaded stained glass "eyebrows" above the double sash
passenger windows. August 13, 2016. PWM

A few of the original poplar exterior arch halves after their finish coats of
Pullman Green. Each of these is over one of the large leaded stained glass
"eyebrows" above the double sash passenger windows.
August 19, 2016. PWM

Restoration work continues on the Narcissus. The Narcissus is more than 100 years old now and has so many incredible stories to share. The restoration is but one.

     The Narcissus is featured in the national Gold Award-winning novel, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride. The "Elegant Ride" is the Narcissus. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914, between Lewiston and Portland, Maine, during campaigning for the Progressive Party candidates. June 2020

Independent book publisher, Phil Morse, holding
the Gold Book Award Winner plaque for
 the Middle Reader category for The Eric
Hoffer Book Award. Congratulations to
award-winning Maine author,
Jean M. Flahive

     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 page

Books are available at these local bookstores in Maine:
The Book Review, Falmouth
The Bookworm, Gorham
Letterpress Books, Portland
Nonesuch Books and More, South Portland
Sherman's Maine Coast Book Shops - All locations

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride
by Jean M. Flahive
Illustrations by Amy J. Gagnon

     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.
A resource for teachers 
Maine Historical Society has created companion lesson plans inspired by Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride - These State-standard-based lesson plans for classroom use in grades 6, 7, and 8 are now completed. They will be uploaded to the Maine Memory Network and will be included with the other statewide lesson plans K-12. Once a link is available, it will be posted here. The lesson plans will also be uploaded and available through the Seashore Trolley Museum's website later in July 2020. Go to the Teacher Resource Page in the pulldown for more details.

The ebook is available through Amazon Kindle Click HERE

The audiobook is now available Click HERE to go to the Audible page.

2-minute, 30-second, Retail Audio Sample of the Audiobook 

Award-winning author, Jean M. Flahive


Click Here to read the post - Coveted Blueink Starred Review  - Notable Book - January 20, 2020

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

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

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.

     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)
Thank You!

MUST-READ! - Click Here 

   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. 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 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 - 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.

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