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

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 :)

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

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 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
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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