Thursday, April 12, 2018

Maine Innovation Expo at Museum L-A in Lewiston: Seashore Trolley Museum Will Be There



Stop by Seashore's Table at the Expo

Seashore Trolley Museum will have a table at the Maine Innovation Expo in Lewiston at the former Bates Mill in Museum L-A space utilized for the Expo, on Saturday, May 19. We will have some hands-on activities that were state-of-the-art innovations more than 100-years ago!
In 1915, the electric streetcars in Maine were not only innovative, they were essential to economic growth throughout the State. Click Here to read about how 57 million passengers rode the trolleys in Maine in 1915!

And to this day, they continue to generate amazement among volunteers and visitors at the Museum of Mass Transit, Seashore Trolley Museum, the Oldest and Largest Museum of its type in the World.
Click Here to learn about trolleys and the Portland-Lewiston Interurban in Lewiston 1910-1933

Narcissus, on August 18, 1914, on a trip
from Lewiston to Portland. We will be
giving away a few "Teddy" buttons.
Stop by Seashore's exhibit to learn the
details :)

Everyone that stops by the Seashore Trolley Museum
exhibit will receive a limited edition Narcissus Novelty
Note.

We will have a couple of different challenging
history-based worksheets that when completed
successfully, the participant earns an
uncirculated Theodore Roosevelt-related
National Park Quarter. (Limited quantities).
Stop by our table for details. Bring a phone
that has a scanner app that will open QR codes.

You will handle some turn-of-the-century innovations, turn-of-the-20th Century that is, at Seashore's table. Some of those innovations were highlighted in the Museum's Lewiston native, 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 14, Narcissus. The Narcissus has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with nine other historic railway vehicles from Maine, since 1980.


Did you know that the electric railway vehicles of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban from 1914 through its end in 1933, were each outfitted with a Cell Phone? These particular cell phones were patented in 1903 by Western Electric. The phones operated using 1.5-volts, dry cell batteries :) Stop by the Seashore table and see one of the phones and crank it up.


2018 EXPO EXHIBITORS as of 4.6.2018

Alternative Manufacturing, Inc.      Auburn PAL Center      Bike Part Art 
Code for Maine      Destination Imagination      E. Claire & Pastries      Ed Hodsdon Masonry 
Edward Little High School      Girl Scouts of Maine      Halycon Yarns      Inventing Trees
Lewiston and Auburn Adult Education      Lewiston Police Department      Lewiston Public Library Lewiston Regional Technical Center      LifeFlight of Maine      Maine Drone Society 
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance      Maine Media Workshops + College 
Maine National History Day      Maine State Museum      Maine Thread Company 
Michael Menes PRODUCTIONS      Occupational Therapy Program University of Southern Maine Pettengill Academy      Project>Login      Pure-Stat™ Technologies, Inc.      
Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters      Red Cross      Revision Energy      Robotics Institute of Maine 
RSU 19      Seashore Trolley Museum      Share Center      Somali Bantu Community Association Springworks Farm      St. Dominic Academy Robotics Team      SwarmAG      The Auburn Library The Hive      The Landing School of Boat Building and Design      Ian Trask, Artist 
University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Eat Well Nutrition Education Program 
University of Maine's Emera Astronomy Center 
University of Maine's Office of Innovation and Economic Development 
Window Dressers      Zay Knives 

John Middleton, volunteer at the Seashore
Trolley Museum, demonstrates the operation
of a typical electric streetcar (trolley) controller.
Starting off in series, then moving to parallel as
achieved speed dictates. Stop by the Seashore
table and you too can turn the handle of this
controller :)

We'll be giving away a few of these
books. Stop by Seashore's table
to learn the details :)

Click Here for the Museum L-A Facebook Page
Follow Museum L-A on twitter @museumla #InnovateMaine

The Narcissus in Union Square, Lewiston on April 6, 1933.

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.

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