Monday, April 30, 2018

Student Volunteers From Thornton Academy Making A Difference at Seashore Trolley Museum

Thornton Academy Residential Life  international
students volunteer at Seashore Trolley Museum
with the Museum's volunteer track crew to 
replace railroad ties in spring 2016.
Videography and editing by An Ho, class of 2018.
An Ho is from Vietnam.

     Thornton Academy is located in Saco, Maine. The private school celebrated its bicentennial anniversary in 2011, which also happens to be the first year that many of their international students started volunteering at Seashore Trolley Museum. Thornton Academy began its Residential Life Program with the 2009/10 school year. That year there was one coed dormitory with about forty-four students. In addition, several international students lived with local families in the greater Saco area. The Residential Life Program at Thornton Academy has grown over the past nine years to now included a little more than 200 students from about thirty different countries living in five dormitories along with the homestay option.

    Since fall of 2011, TA Residential Life student volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to helping Seashore Trolley Museum in a variety of ways. These photos are just a glimpse of the many, many tasks these students have participated in at the Museum, or on behalf of the Museum over the years. The number of students that volunteer and the volunteer hours they contribute have made a significant contribution to grant applications in showing clear evidence of community support for the Museum's mission.

      A BIG THANK YOU to all the Thornton Academy students that have contributed their time in helping Seashore Trolley Museum over these past nine years! You have all been AWESOME!
      
Photography and video. The opening video is an example
of utilizing the TA students' volunteering in order to complete
a classroom project for an audio-visual class. The above photo
is an example of a student helping the Museum document
a meeting assessing artifacts for use in the restoration
of an historic electric railway vehicle listed on
National Register of Historic Places, the 1912 Portland-
Image courtesy Liyi "Tom" Liu class 2014

Image courtesy Liyi "Tom" Liu class 2014

Sanding a sign PWM

Replacing old railroad ties with
cobblestones PWM

Cobblestones are heavy PWM

The improvements made are the first of many
to be made to the area in the coming months.
PWM

Changing out old signs from the visitor
gallery in the
Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop.
PWM

Installing new professional exhibit panels
along the visitor gallery walkway in the
Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration
Shop. PWM

Teamwork is a wonderful thing. PWM

Over the years, hundreds of parts have been
sandblasted by international student volunteers
from the Residential Life Program at
Thornton Academy. PWM

Working together in achieving a goal is very rewarding.
PWM 

Inventory of materials and then properly wrapping
preparing them for storage is important. PWM


Students that live in the dorms are used to taking out
the trash, so, this was not a new experience :) PWM

Replacing old railroad ties is an ongoing project at the
Museum. I think 500 need replacing in 2018. PWM

There are usually ten or twelve opportunities a year
to help with community outreach or in-house Museum events.
PWM 

Engaging with guests in an important part of volunteering
during the outreach events. PWM

Cutting brush back is also an
every year task at the
Museum. PWM

The Pumpkin Patch Trolley event is always in need of
many volunteers. Generally, fourteen TA student volunteers
help out during each of the four days. Spending at least
seven hours each day, the volunteer hours add up quickly.
PWM

All volunteers are able to bring a pumpkin home at the end of
each day of the event. PWM

Of course, trolley rides and learning about trolleys are part of
the volunteer package. 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.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Narcissus Restoration Update 4-20-2018

 
March 22, 2018
Tony Castro, a gold leaf specialist, points
to gold leaf from the final center ceiling panel
from the no. 2 end of the Narcissus during his
inspection. Narcissus restoration team member
Ernie Eaton is on the right. Donald Curry with
camera in hand is standing in the background.
PWM

Amy Cole Ives, President at Sutherland
Conservation & Consulting in Augusta, ME 
using a high-tech tool to inspect the gold
leaf fleur-de-lis in the corner of the ceiling
panel. PWM

A test sample of the dark Pullman green that
will be the exterior color on the Narcissus.
This sample was created from the results of the
at Sutherland Conservation & Consulting.
The dark primer followed by the color coat.
During their operating years on the PLI, the 
interurbans were sometimes called the "black"
cars.  The color is definitely shiny.
Depending on the light, the color changes from
nearly black to an olive green. PWM

All images are the same sample piece. PWM

Shiny. PWM

Olive green. still the same sample
board. PWM

Natural light with snow as the background.
Looks shiny black to me. PWM


Ton inspects the golf leaf fleur-de-lis.
PWM

These ceiling panels were originally painted
a Nile green, then the gold leaf was applied.
When a summer camp, the ceiling panels
were painted white. The gold leaf has worked
its way to the surface over the years. Here you
can see the fleur-de-lis in the corner.
PWM

Another image of the gold leaf fleur-de-lis. The petals seem
to be similar to those of a poppy. There seems to be
"penciled-like" drawing in places. Tony mentioned this
was common practice to help accentuate a ribbon-like effect. 
PWM

Tony in search of faded gold leaf on the exterior letter board
of the Narcissus. PWM

Tony measuring the original "N" in the gold leaf lettering
of the wooden interurban, Narcissus. PWM

Tony was able to see and measure the original "N" and "T"
of the word Interurban as seen here in an image of the
Narcissus. All the exterior letters and numbers were
gold leaf. STM Collection

This is one of the original destination roll signs from
the sister PLI coach to Narcissus, No. 10, Arbutus. The sign
is in the PLI collection of the Gray Historical Society.
We hope to gain permission to borrow this sign to use as a
template to make two reproduction signs to be used on
the Narcissus. The lettering will be gold leaf on
the Narcissus signs, as was original. The above
Arbutus sign was a gift to the Historical Society
from Gertrude Libbey Anthony, daughter of the builder
of the PLI, W. S. Libbey. PWM
March 21, 2018
Quality mahogany was acquired for use in making the sash for
the large stained glass "eyebrows". One eyebrow is located
above each pair of passenger windows. These boards are
20-inches wide and 19-inch wide and both are 4-quarters
in thickness. PWM

A template was used to outline the half arches.
Each arched sash has a left and right piece
that connect at the top of the arch and each
end connects to the horizontal cross piece
at the base. PWM

This work took place at Lary Shaffer's Scarborough Marsh
Fine Furniture woodworking shop. Lary is seen here cutting
to separate a section of the board of the outlined pieces. PWM

Lary takes the section and then cuts away the
individual half arch sections. PWM

Different view. PWM

Once the mahogany pieces are cut they must
set for several days. The fibers in the wood
have to settle after the cut. PWM

Finished for the day. Original eyebrow with its
ornate leaded stained glass in its mahogany sash
in front of the newly cut halves, with a stack of
jigs behind the pile. Those jigs will be used to
guide each half to make the various cuts for the 
contours and grooves to hold the glass.
LS photo

During the 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event, the windows in
place temporarily during the event so visitors could see
what's ahead for the beauty. PWM

April 19, 2018.
About a month after the eyebrow sash
was first cut from the large mahogany boards, the half-arches
need their sides shaved to being flat. Each piece has a
different amount of warp to it that needs to be removed to
have the surface reach where its whole face is flat. If a
particular board is so warped that the side isn't flat until the
board width is too thin to use. Lary uses a caliper to measure
after each pass through the jointer or the planer. PWM

Initially eyeing where the high point is on the board. PWM

Lary passes the board through the jointer to work one side
towards being flat. It may take more than pass. And the jointer
can be adjusted to take a little less wood or a little more.
PWM

Lary using the caliper to see how much more wood he has
to remove to make the side flat before the board is too
thin to use. PWM

Once the first side is flat, the board will be passed through
the planer. It pulls the board through on its own. PWM
Lary measuring the thickness of the board after passing it
through the planer. PWM

Lary pointing to where the planer still has not taken
away a section of rough fibers. This side is still not flat and
the calipers measure the board is now too thin to use. 
This process will be repeated with each board. PWM

Lary placing the three components that make a complete
eyebrow sash on a template of a complete window.
PWM

Examples of the various ornate leaded stained glass in their
mahogany sash. There are a total of forty leaded stained
glass windows in the Narcissus. PWM

The goal for recent grant applications have been for 
tasks and materials for completing the interior work in
The Narcissus. These springs are the two styles needed for
the passenger seat backs and bottoms. Finding a source to
make these springs, one type, in particular, was not as easy
as one might think it would be. 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.