Sunday, March 25, 2018

Act 2: This Stage of the Narcissus Restoration Adventure Started in 1999 😲

1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway electric locomotive
No. 100 at its ribbon-cutting ceremony 9-25-2009,
celebrating the completed restoration of the National Register
of Historic Places member. Photo courtesy of Ed Ramsdell

     The first post in this series described how a plan in 1999 to apply for Federal and State funding for the restoration of the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban No. 14, Narcissus was amended to having the initial application push be for restoring the 1906 Atlantic Shore Line Railway electric locomotive No. 100. 

     This post presents the lists of products and outcomes that came from the ASL-100 as of the end of 2009. Those materials would be key pieces of evidence to include with the 2010 TEA-21 application for the Narcissus:
  • Complete restored and operating electric locomotive ASL-100
  • Curatorial records of complete restoration in a variety of formats (written, digital stills, and digital video)
  • A new exhibit at Seashore Trolley Museum - "History in Motion-Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities"
  • A new traveling display exhibit with panels
  • A new education initiative - "History in Motion-Discovering History and Science through Public Transportation"
  • A new collections survey report of relevant primary historical materials associated with the ASLRy (Atlantic Shore Line Railway)
  • A new exhibit at Brick Store Museum - "Pennies To Ride-The Kennebunks' Turn-Of-The-Century Trolleys"
  • A new online exhibit hosted by Maine Memory Network "Era of Electric Railways"
  • A new online image presence for the Kennebunkport Historical Society hosted by the Maine Memory Network Visitor exhibit room
  • More than $180,000 in donations/income for the project
  • More than 3,500 volunteer hours reported (estimated another 3,000 hours of unreported volunteer labor)
  • Visitor Center Exhibit Room repainted and the addition of track lighting with dimmer adjustments
  • New collaborations with museum and exhibit professionals
  • New or enhanced collaborations with various organizations including:
  1. Maine Department of Transportation
  2. Brick Store Museum
  3. Kennebunkport Historical Society
  4. Sanford Historical Committee
  5. Maine Department of Education
  6. Boston Museum of Science
  7. Maine Historical Society/Maine Memory Network
  8. York County Community College
  9. Mildred L. Day School
  • Association of Railway Museums' Railway Museum Quarterly series of articles
  • YouTube-hosted ASL-100 project video clips (288 clips w/running time of 13.8 hours
  • YouTube-hosted, student-conducted & edited, oral history interview clips @ project ceremony
  • New or enhanced associations with materials/services providers
  • New or enhanced connections with local and state government 
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, has restored the 1906 Atlantic Shore Line electric locomotive No. 100. The first video clip below describes the class of 5th-grade students that worked together on collecting oral history interviews during September 25, 2009, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completed restoration of the locomotive and its companion exhibit; History in Motion: Public Transportation Connecting Maine Communities. The student-led interviews were part of a Service Learning project the students designed for Seashore Trolley Museum. For more on Service Learning go to  Video images captured and edited by 5th-grade students from Mildred L. Day School in Arundel, ME. The electric locomotive project was funded in large part with resources made available through the Maine Department of Transportation via the Federal Transportation Enhance Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21). Matching funds were raised from a variety of sources, including a large number of generous Museum volunteers. Significant donations came from Amherst Railway Society, Kennebunk Savings Bank, National Railway Historical Society, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Kennebunkport Business Association, Ocean National Bank, and The 470 Railroad Club. The major local sponsor for the project is the H. Albert Webb Memorial Railroad Preservation Award made available through the Massachusetts Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, Inc. (Mass Bay RRE). 
Click Here: For more on the ASL-100 restoration project in the first blog post.

Service Learning Project at
Seashore Trolley Museum 9-25-09

Below is the list of individuals that were interviewed. The list is in alphabetical order, the last name first. The list is followed by live links to each individual, also in alphabetical order.

Gilles Auger

Judy Avy

Malcolm Bustin

Dann Chamberlin

O. R. Cummings

Ralph Day

Tom Dow

Patricia Pierce Erikson

John Fatula

Bryce Fedder

Richard Ford

Lawrence Furbish

Andy Furlong

Colleen Furlong

Heather Harris

Chris Healy

David Holmstock

Alan Jayne

Kurt Jergensen

Esther Johnson

Karl Johnson

Deloris Mackell

Jim Mackell

Joseph Maloney

Larry Mead

John Middleton

Phil Morse

Joan Nass

Win Nowell

Steve Ogden

Samantha & Amy Perry

Paul Pottle

Charles Publicover

Ed Ramsdell

Lloyd Rosevear

Sheila Rosevear

David Sanderson

Tom Santarelli

Russ Silva

Lester Stephenson, Jr.

Senator Nancy Sullivan

Paul Sullivan

Tom Tello

Kim Traina

Leigh Webb

Rick Wolf

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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