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
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

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
PWM
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 are 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 are over one of the large leaded stained glass
"eyebrows" above the double sash passenger windows.
August 19, 2016 PWM
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. 



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 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 to 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 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


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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