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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. 

These lesson plans are being developed by Maine Historical Society for the Seashore Trolley museum as a companion curriculum for Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride by Jean M. Flahive (2019). The plans, once released, will also be included in Maine Historical Society's bicentennial lesson plans that cover multiple topics relating to the people who live in Maine or have contributed to Maine history, Maine economy, the land inhabited, and the arts, literature, and communities that thrive within the state.

Lesson plans from teachers from around the state will be added frequently at mainememorynetwork.net/bicentennial/education

Vocabulary for the various grades used in the book along with the lesson plans will be available early in 2020. Scroll down this page for an example of 4th-grade vocabulary from the book. In the meantime, this post as 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. The ebook is available through Amazon Kindle and the audiobook will be released later in March 2020.

Click Here for the announcement post of the award-winning narrator for the audiobook :) 

Reader Guide for Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride

Click Here to go to the People, Places, and Events online resource post

An image of an original porcelain advertising artifact that was
displayed at the ticket purchasing desk in Lewiston carhouse
of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban on Middle Street.

How do we keep history that we cherish and think is important, relevant? How do we honor our past, its people, places, and events that impacted daily lives in meaningful ways; that we feel might be slipping away, falling through the cracks of the old flooring that once served a very different purpose, and disappearing? And who would know? Why would anyone care, if they don't know why they should care? 

One way is through storytelling. The passing of information on to others and on to the next generations that will be coming along.

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride features young Millie as she grows up in rural Gray, Maine, early in the 20th century. Award-winning Maine author, Jean Flahive, tells us a story through the life and times of Millie and some of her experiences, over a period of years, with certain people, places, and events that we now know are woven into our common local and national history. Jean's storytelling skillfully rekindles the local romance for the elegant electric interurbans. The original six, each named after a flower, carried passengers on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban from 1914 through 1933. Lewiston businessmen, W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley brought them to serve the cities of Portland, Auburn, and Lewiston, and the more rural communities of New Gloucester, Gray, West Cumberland, and West Falmouth, during some of the early years of the 20th century. Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine, is currently restoring the Narcissus, the only surviving electric interurban from that storied line. 

For me, one of the real treats will be as readers of this heart-warming story become familiar with and hopefully endeared to the Narcissus. Readers will learn that they are able to follow the progress of the restoration of the National Register of Historic Places Portland-Lewiston Interurban icon, Narcissus, to its completion over the next two years... and then...come to Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport, Maine, and go for an actual ride on the Narcissus! My sense is, many readers will find this opportunity to be a very appealing extension to the lovely story. One that they and future readers will be able to enjoy for many, many years.

Initial plans for the ribbon-cutting celebration activities started last year with planning continuing to evolve this year into a number of very exciting events over several days. Readers of Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride that will learn from Millie of her deep, life-long connections to the Narcissus, and will literally, be able to experience the "elegant ride" themselves!

How absolutely spine-tingling will that experience be?

Throughout Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride there are references made to various People, Places, and Events that are woven into the everyday lives of the characters as they experience the early years of the 20th century. Below are links to online sources to assist in conducting research concerning these major people, places, and events mentioned in Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride. The person, place, or event may be a separate listing or it may be included within a grouping of a related topic. This is the initial post and the expectation is that over time, the resources listed on the page will continue to be edited and new ones added.

People, Places, and Events in Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride with online links to resources

Auburn, Maine
Auburn -  City Website  City of Auburn, Maine
Auburn & Lewiston - Court Street, PLI sites, maps, etc. Narcissus Project blog
Auburn - Androscoggin River City of Auburn
Auburn - Court Street  City of Auburn
Auburn - Deer Rips (Dam)  City of Auburn  - W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley were the businessmen behind the construction of the Deer Rips Dam. There is a reference to the construction of the dam in the biography of W. S. Libbey that was written by his grandchildren - Click Here to read the biography in the Narcissus Project Blog
Auburn - North Bridge  City of Auburn
Additional online resources for Auburn:
Androscoggin Historical Society

Camp Fire Girls
Handbook Outsideonline.com
Dr. Luther Gulick and Charlotte Gulick Cornerstone Books
Camp Wohelo  wohelo.com at Sebago Lake
Camp Fire Girls  Ames History Museum
Boy Scouts  Boy Scouts of America
Red Cross  Red Cross

Dark Harbor/Islesboro, Maine

TR's visit to Dark Harbor Narcissus Project Blog
Additional online resources for Islesboro and Dark Harbor:
Dark Harbor map  Town of Islesboro
Islesboro, Maine  Town of Islesboro
Islesboro Historical Society

Henry Dingley - W. S. Libbey and Henry Dingley were business partners for many years. There is a reference to how they met and of their early business dealings together in the biography of W. S. Libbey written by his grandchildren - Click Here to read the biography in the Narcissus Project Blog

Gray, Maine -
Gray  Town of Gray
Civil War monument in Gray Town of Gray
Book resources for Gray:
Images of America - Gray, Maine (Antonio's Store, Armistice Parade, Cobbs Hill, Colley Hill Farm, Gray Corners, Gray Town Hall, Hancock School, Osgood's Ice Cream Parlor, Pennell Institute, South Gray Elementary School, Sweetser General Store, Week's Hill, Yarmouth Road,
Online resources for Gray:
Gray Historical Society

Grippe, Influenza, Spanish Flu, Epidemic, and Pandemic
Spanish Flu Vaccinestoday.eu
Pandemic CDC
Maine Timeline for Pandemic Maine.gov (Capt. Lawry - Secretary of State Senate (Maine) visited Camp Devens, got sick and died)
Camp Devens - history U.S. Army
U. S. Surgeon General William Gorgas U.S. Army

Island Falls, Maine
Island Falls VisitMaine.com
Other online resources:
Island Falls Historical Society (Facebook Page)

Indian Tribes - Maine
Wabanaki Nation Four Direction Development Corp
Abbe Museum Abbe Museum

Laconia Car Company
Laconia Car Company  Narcissus Project Blog

Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston  City of Lewiston
Lewiston Walking History tour  City of Lewiston (Lisbon St., Pecks, Leadbetter's, Libbey Mill, etc.) Lewiston and Auburn Narcissus Project Blog (LisbonStreet, PLI sites, maps, etc.)

W. Scott Libbey - Various blog posts on the life of W.S.Libbey:
The Man and His Mill - Click Here for the blog on the biography by the Libbey grandchildren
Sudden Death of W. S. Libbey - Click Here for the blog with the newspaper story on his life
The Opening of the Portland, Gray & Lewiston Railroad (PLI) Click Here Spoke to Libbey's passing
W. S. Libbey and his famous Stanley Steamer Racer Click Here for the blog with the newspaper story
Quite Likely the Most Valuable Stanley in the World! - Click Here for the blog post

McGuffey Reader
McGuffey Reader (School book) PDF Gutenberg.org

What is a Narcissus? Gardenia.net
Newspaper story on how W.S. Libbey chose the names of the original interurbans is here...Lewiston Evening Journal...must scroll to Friday, June 26, 1914 - Front Page "Inspected The Libbey Road: Railroad Commissioners' Official Trip Over P, G, & L, Friday - to read the full story, you will need to scroll to page 11 News.Google.com

New Gloucester, Maine
New Gloucester - Map Town of New Gloucester
Other online resources:
New Gloucester Historical Society

Portland, Maine -
Portland City of Portland
Map - Downtown (Current) City of Portland
1909 Portland street map Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society (Streets: Commercial, Crn.Free & Brown, Exchange, Federal, India, Middle, Monument Square, Temple, (waterfront, wharves, seaport)
Falmouth Hotel - Lobby 1900  Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Grand Trunk Railroad Station Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
S. S. Kresge Company ("Five and Dime") Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Lincoln Park City of Portland
Union Station (Railroad Station) DigitalMaine
Porteous Department Store - (Christmas Store) Maine Memory Network/Maine Historical Society
Other online resources:
History of Trolleys in Portland (Monument Square) Narcissus Project Blog
Maine Historical Society

Portland-Lewiston Interurban was originally named the Portland, Gray & Lewiston Railroad 
Map details that show areas mentioned in the story...rivers, stops, etc...reference to cow tunnels, gates, etc., - newspaper story:
Opening of the line Narcissus Project blog
Click Here for the link to the Lewiston Evening Journal story of the June 26, 1914 inspection trip by the Maine Railroad Commissioners with many details of the line. When opening the link, the first newspaper is June 23, 1914. You must scroll to the front page of June 26, 1914. The beginning of the article starts on the front page. You must scroll to page 11 (Inspected the Libbey Roads) to read the remaining article.
Click Here for the link to the Lewiston Daily sun story of the June 26, 1914 inspection trip as reported on page 6 on June 27, 1914. When opening the link, the first newspaper is June 26, 1914. You must scroll to June 27th edition and go to page six. the complete summary is on this single page.
Click Here for the blog post on the ordering of the original six interurbans in April 1912.
Click Here for the blog post on the closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban June 28, 1933

Seashore Trolley Museum
Seashore Trolley Museum TrolleyMuseum.org
Kennebunkport, Maine Town of Kennebunkport
Other online resources:
Kennebunkport, Maine  Kennebunkport Business Assoc
Kennebunkport Historical Society -

Suffrage/Women's Rights
Maine and national  Maine Suffrage Centennial
Women's Suffrage At Last (42-c) USHistory.org
Florence Whitehouse - suffragette/publicist Red Cross - Maine items - Maine Memory Network
Federal Suffrage amendment - Maine and National resources Maine Suffrage Centennial
TR quotes in support of Women's Rights Theodore Roosevelt Association
TR at Sagamore Hill with Suffragettes Library of Congress video
19th Amendment to the Constitution Interactive Constitution

Theodore Roosevelt
His Life and Times on Film -  Timeline - Library of Congress
Theodore Roosevelt Timeline - World War I  Theodore Roosevelt Center
Theodore Roosevelt Timeline - The Life of Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Brief Biography Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Connections to Maine Narcissus Project Blog
TR - 26th President of the U.S. Whitehouse.gov
TR - Rough Rider in the White House (43a) USHistory.org
TR - Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt (First Wife) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Alice Lee Roosevelt (First Daughter) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Edith Carrow Roosevelt (Second Wife) Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - Spanish-American War Theodore Roosevelt Center
TR - "Remember the Maine!" (44c)  USHistory.org
TR - Spanish-American War and Its Consequences (44d) USHistory.org
TR - 1912 Presidential Election (43f) USHistory.org
TR - Amazon Expedition/River of Doubt-Videos Library of Congress
TR - Malaria MentalFloss
TR - Panama Hat President1906
TR - My Debt to Maine (Bible Point and TR's letter) Narcissus Project blog
TR - Sagamore Hill National Park Service
TR - Sagamore Hill Friends of Sagamore Hill
TR - Died January 6, 1919/Young Memorial Cemetery-Video Library of Congress
TR - Quotes ("Feet on the Ground...") Goodreads
TR - General Wood  First World War

TR Children WW I - library of congress videos
Sons in Regiments - WWI-Video Library of Congress
Theodore (Ted) Roosevelt, Jr (First Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Kermit Roosevelt (Second Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Archibald (Archie) Roosevelt (Third Son) Theodore Roosevelt Center
Quentin (Fourth Son) Military.com
Ethel Roosevelt (Second Daughter) Theodore Roosevelt Center

TR and the Badlands/Dakota Territory
Timeline  Theodore Roosevelt Center

William (Bill) W. Sewall
William W. Sewall Theodore Roosevelt Center
Bill Sewall & Wilmot Dow - National Park Service
Mattawamkeag, Maine (train station) Mattawamkeag Facebook page
"The County" - Aroostook County

Bull Moose Party Britannica.com
Bull Moose Party Progressivism Sweeps the Nation 42 USHistory.org
Progressive Party - Student-Teacher Resource Study.com
Progressive Party U-S-History.com
Republican Party - 1916 UCSB.edu
Conservative/Progressive wings of Republican Party 1916 Library of Congress
Democratic Party - 1916 UCSB.edu
William McKinley (25th President of the U. S.) Whitehouse.gov
William Howard Taft (27th President of U.S.) Whitehouse.gov
Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the U.S.) Whitehouse.gov
Woodrow Wilson's New Freedom-43g USHistory.org
Charles Evan Hughes ConstitutionCenter.org

Wason Manufacturing Company -
Wason Manufacturing Company Midcontinent Blog on Wason Manufacturing (the trolley manufacturing portion begins towards the end of page two)

West Cumberland, Maine
Cumberland Fair History Cumberlandfair.com
West Cumberland served by PLI Narcissus Project Blog
Other online resources:
Cumberland Historical Society
Morrison Hill Station - Seashore Trolley Museum Narcissus Project Blog

West Falmouth, Maine
Falmouth City of Falmouth
Other online resources:
Falmouth Historical Society
West Falmouth Substation and service by the PLI - Narcissus Project blog

WWI/The Great War -
Timeline (Includes index to all year/months/days) FirstWorldWar.com
Wilson pledged neutrality FirstWorldWar.com
Cunard's Ocean Liner Lusitania - Ireland/British waters/German Submarines/U-Boats/torpedos
Diplomatic relations off w/Germany...American Liner ship Housatonic sunk next day...arms deal..other ships sunk FirstWorldWar.com
Joint Session of Congress 4/2/17 - declare War 4-6-17 FirstWorldWar
Conscription/Draft FirstWorldWar.com
Liberty Bonds/Thrift Stamps - Federal Reserve & teacher plans at Study.com
U. S. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo-War/Liberty Bonds/Stamps FirstWorldWar.com
Camp Devens, Ayer, MA - WWI Training Camps FirstWorldWar.com ForcesNetwork
War is over - Armistice FirstWorldWar

Vocabulary for Gradee 4 will be listed here temporarily while the lesson plan page is being created in the Trolley Museum's website. Grade-specific vocabulary words used in Theodore Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride are listed in alphabetical order, by grade, in Chapter Groupings with (C)hapter and (p)age referenced, and their parts of speech, along with a brief definition.

Grade 4 -Vocabulary

Prologue - Chapter 7
Admit (C2, p50)
verb - to concede as true or valid
Ash (P, p2)
noun - of the genus (Fraxinus) of trees of the olive family with pinnate leaves,
thin furrowed bark, and gray branchlets
Avoid (C2, p14)
verb - to refrain from
Axle(s) (C7, p49)
noun - a fixed bar or beam with bearings at its ends on which wheels
(as of a cart) revolve
Banner (C4, p24)
noun - a strip of cloth on which a sign is painted
Behold (C5, p38)
verb - to gaze upon
Beyond (C1, p6)
adverb - on or to the farther side
Blouse (C3, p20)
noun - an often loose-fitting shirt for women and girls
Brake (C7, p50)
noun - something used to slow down or stop movement or activity
Bull (C3, p25)
noun - a usually adult male of various large animals
Cane C2, p14)
noun - a stick typically of wood or metal with a usually curved handle
at one end and used to help someone walk 
Capable (P, p1)
adjective - having or showing general efficiency and ability
Carriage (C7, p47)
noun - a wheeled vehicle; especially: a horse-drawn vehicle... 
Casserole (C1, p8)
noun - a dish in which food may be baked and served
Cedar (C1, p7)
noun - any of a genus (Cedrus) of usually tall coniferous trees of the
pine family noted for their fragrant durable wood
Character (C5, p34)
noun - one of the attributes or features that make up and distinguish
an individual
Chestnut (C1, p7)
noun - any of the genus (Castanea) of trees or shrubs of the beech family;
especially:...deciduous forests of the eastern U.S.
Chore (C1, p9)
noun - a routine task or job
Clang (C1, p6)
verb - to make a loud metallic ringing sound
Clarinet(s) (C4, p24)
noun - a musical instrument shaped like a tube and that is played by blowing
through a special mouthpiece on the top of the tube
Clasp (C5, p30)
noun - a strong hold with your hands or arms 
Coffee (C4, p23)
noun - a dark brown drink made from ground (genus Coffea) beans
and boiled water
Construct (C6, p41)
verb - to build or make something physical
Coop (C1, p5)
noun - a small building for housing poultry
Current (C2, p12) (C5, p31)
(2) noun - a flow of electricity
(5) adjective - happening or existing now
Custom (C4, p23)
noun - something that is done regularly by a person
Dam (C2, p12)
noun - a barrier to check the flow of liquid
Enthusiasm (C7, p45)
noun - strong excitement about something
Entire (C7, p44)
adjective - complete or full: not lacking or leaving out any part
Except (C5, p32)
preposition - not including: (someone or something)
Exchange (C3, p19)
noun - the act of giving or taking one thing in return for another thing
Experience (C5, p33)
noun - the process of doing and seeing things and of having things
happen to you
Favor (C6, p40)
noun - a kind or helpful act you do for someone 
Fetch (C7, p43)
verb - to go after and bring back 
Folk(s) (C2, p12)(C5, p31)
(2) noun - a group of people on general
(5) noun - persons of one’s own family - (parents)
Forearms (C1, p6)
noun - the part of the arm between the elbow and the wrist
Further (C2, p13)
adverb - to or at a more distant place
Future (C7, p44)
adjective - coming after the present time 
Generous (C1, p8)
adjective - providing more than the amount that is needed or normal
Glance (C1, p8)
verb - to look at someone or something very quickly
Glimpse C4, p26)
verb - to look at or see (someone or something) for a very short time
Hush (C7, p45)
verb - to make (someone) quiet, calm, or still 
Icebox (C5, p29)
noun - refrigerator
Lack (C1, p6)
verb - to not have (something)
Lantern (C1, p9)
noun - a light that has usually a glass covering and can be carried by a handle
Licorice (C4, p24)
noun - a candy made from the dried root of a European plant
Magnificent (C7, p45)
adjective - very beautiful or impressive
McKinley (C5, p34)
noun - 25th president of the United States (William McKinley)
Mug (C4, p23)
noun - a large drinking cup with a handle 
Necessary (C7, p45)
adjective - absolutely need - required
Ornery (C7, p43)
adjective - difficult to deal with or control 
Pantry (C5, p29)
noun - a small room in a house in which food is stored
Partner (C6, p40)
noun - one or two or more people, businesses, etc., that work together or
do business together 
Passenger (C1, p7)
noun - a person who is traveling from one place to another in a car, bus,
ship, plane, etc., and who is not driving or working on it
Platter (C1, p8)
noun - a large plate that used for serving food 
Postmaster (C7, p44)
noun - a person who is in charge of a post office
Prefer (C7, p50)
verb - to like (someone or something) better than someone or something else
Private (C6, p40)
adjective - for use of a single person or group: belonging to one person or
group: not public
Project (C6, p40)
noun - a planned piece of work that has a specific purpose and that
usually requires a lot of time  
Property (C5, p31)
noun - a piece of land often with building on it that is owned by a person,
business, etc.
Rail (C1, p7)
noun - a bar of rolled steel forming a track for wheeled vehicles
Railway (C7, p45)
noun - a railroad operating with light equipment or within a small area
Realize (C4, p23)
verb - to understand or become aware of (something)
Refer (C7, p45)
verb - to have relation or connection: relate
Result (C7, p45)
verb - to happen because of something else that happened or was done
before: to be caused by something else
Sake (C1, p9)
noun - personal or social welfare, safety, or benefit
Shoulder (P, p3)
noun - the part of your body where your arm is connected 
Sideways (C2, p15)
adverb or adjective - to or toward the right or left side
Slab (C1, p8)
noun - a thick, flat piece of food 
Slight (P, p1)
adjective - having a slim or delicate build
Stroll (C5, p30)
verb - to walk slowly in usually a pleasant and relaxed way
Suppose (C7, p50)
verb - to believe (something) to be possible
Swell (C2, p14)
verb - to increase in size and number
Tax (map) (C5, p31)
noun - a document detailing the size and value of a piece of taxable
real estate (property), among other information
Term (C5, p34)
The length of time during which a person has an official or political office
Trim (C2, p13)
verb - to make (something) neat by cutting it
Wilderness (C5, p32/33)
noun - a wild and natural area in which few people live

Chapter 8 - Chapter 14
Awe (C8, p55)
noun - a strong feeling of fear or respect and also wonder
Bandage(s) (C14, p92)
noun - a strip of fabric used especially to cover, dress, and bind up wounds
Blast(s) (C8, p54)
noun - he loud sound made by a horn or a whistle
Blood (C9, p66)
noun - the red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals
Bouquet (C9, p62)
noun - a group of flowers that are picked and often tied together
Brass (C8, p53)
noun - a yellow metal that is made by combining copper and zinc
Bronze (C8, p55)
noun - a metal that is made by combining copper and tin
Brow (C10, p72)
noun - the ridge over the eyes: forehead
Clatter (C9, p66)
verb - to make a rattling sound
Doubt (C11, p79)
verb - to have no confidence in (someone or something)
Extend (C8, p57)
verb - to become longer or to be able to become longer
Fashion (C13, p90)
verb - to make (something) from something else
Flannel (C14, p93)
noun - a soft cloth made of wool or cotton
Flesh (C9, p67)
noun - the soft parts of the body of an animal or person
Gauze (10, p71)
noun - loosely woven cotton that is used as a bandage
Geography (C12, p81)
noun - an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, rivers,
mountains, lakes, etc.
Hint (C11, p75/76)
noun - a small amount of something
Hoof (C12, p82)
noun - the hard covering on the foot of an animal (such as a horse)
Household (C8, p59)
adjective - of or relating to a house or to the people living in a house
However (C12, p81)
conjunction - in whatever manner ot way
Instant (C9, p67)
noun - a very short period of time
Kettle (C12, p85)
noun - a container used for heating or boiling liquid
Kid (gloves) (C8, p53)
noun - a dress glove made of kid leather
Lily (-peppered) (C8, p54)
noun - a type of plant that has large white or colorful bell-shaped flowers
Lobby (C8, p58)
noun - a large open space inside and near the entrance of a public building
Marble (C8, p58)
noun - a kind of stone that is often polished and used in buildings and statues
Montreal (C8, p57)
noun - Montreal is the largest city in Canada’s Quebec province.
Mood (C11, p75)
noun - a prevailing attitude
Navy (C9, p51)
noun - the part of a country’s military forces that fights at sea using ships, etc.
Pause (C14, p93)
noun - a temporary stop
Pebble(s) (C9, p63)
A small usually rounded stone
Peck - C14, p91)
verb - of a bird: to strike sharply at something with the beak
Racket (C12, p83)
noun - confused clattering noise
Sash (C8, p53)
noun - the framework in which panes of glass are set in a window
Scalp (C10, p69)
noun - the skin on top of your head where hair grows
Scent (C12, p82)
noun - a characteristic or particular odor
Shift (C8, p53)
verb - to move or to cause (something or someone) to move to a different place,
position, etc.
Sideburns (C8, p52)
plural noun - hair that grows on the side os aman’s face in front of his ears
Slight (C8, p54)
adjective - very small in degree or amount
Spain (C8, p51)
proper noun - a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula and shares borders
with France and Portugal
Spook (C9, p64)
verb - to scare or frighten (a person or animal)
Steady (10, p71)
adjective - firm in position
Steep (C9, p66)
adjective - going up or down very quickly
Store (C8, p58)
noun - a building or room where things are sold
Structure (C8, p58)
noun - something (such as a building) that is constructed 
Support (C13, p90) 
noun - help that is given in the form of money or other valuable things
Sweat (C9, p62/63)
verb - to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous
Timid (C14, p91)
adjective - feeling or showing a lack of courage or confidence
Trouser (C14, p91)
noun - a leg of a pair of trousers (related to: pants)
Wharf (C8, p57)
noun - a flat structure that is built along the shore of a river, ocean, etc., so that ships
can load and unload cargo or passengers

Chapter 15 - Chapter 21
Aisle (C16, p102)
noun - a passage separating sections of seats (as in a theater or railroad passenger car)
Attend (C17, p108)
verb - to go to and be present at (an event, meeting, etc.) 
Birch (C18, p115)
noun - a type of tree that has outer bark which can be pulled off easily
Blush (C18, p112)
noun - a reddening of the face especially from shame, modesty, or confusion 
Citizen(s) (C17, p108)
noun - a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection
of that country
Comment (C15, p99)
noun - a spoken or written statement that expresses an opinion about someone
or something
Commercial (C16, p102)
adjective - related to or used in the buying and selling of goods and services
Consider (C15, p97)
verb - to think about (something or someone) carefully especially in order to
make a choice or decision
Couple (C19, p122)
adjective - used with a: meaning two
Create (C15, p96)
verb - to make or produce (something): to cause (something new) to exist
Crush (C19, p122)
verb - to press or squeeze (something) so hard that it breaks or loses its shape
Death (C21, p138)
noun - the ending of a particular person’s life
Debt (C19, p122)
noun - the fact that you have been influenced or helped by someone or something
Depot (C17, p106)
noun - a train or bus station
Disease (C19, p125)
noun - an illness that affects a person, animal, or plant: a condition that
prevents the body or mind from working normally
Ease (C16, p102)
noun - relief from discomfort or obligation
Effort (C15, p97)
noun - a serious attempt to do something
Elegant (C17, p107)
adjective - of high grade or quality
Environment (C15, p96)
noun - the natural world
Error (C16, p101)
noun - something that is not correct: a wrong action or statement
Excellent (C15, p98)
adjective - very good: extremely good
Exchange (C20, p131)
noun - an occurrence in which people give information to each other
Exhibit (C18, p113)
noun - an object or a collection of objects that have been put out in a public
space for people to look at
Expensive (C15, p98)
adjective - costing a lot of money
File (C18, p112)
noun - to march or proceed in a single row
Fluid (C20, p130)
noun - a substance that is able to flow freely
General (C15, p98)
adjective -  involving or including many or most people
Glow (C19, p119)
verb - to shine with low light 
Hesitate (C19, p128)
verb - to hold back in doubt or indecision
History (C15, p96)
noun - events that form the subject matter including an explanation of their
Household (C19, p122)
noun - the people in a family or other group that are living together in one
Ignore (C18, p116)
verb - to do nothing about or in response to (something or someone)
Memory (C19, p128)
noun - something that is remembered
Mercy (C19, p123)
adjective - at the mercy of : wholly in the power of : with no way to protect
oneself against
Native (American) (C15, p96)
noun - a member of any of the first groups of people living in North America
Navy (C17, p107)
noun - a dark grayish purplish blue
Opportunity (C15, p96)
noun - a good chance for advancement or progress
Owe (C19, p122)
verb - to need to do or give something to someone who has done something
for you or given something to you
Participate (C15, p98)
To take part in an activity or event with others
Particular (C15, p97)
adjective - distinctive among other examples or cases of the same general
Precious (17, p108)
adjective - greatly loved,valued, or important
Pride (C21, p133)
A feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does
something good, difficult, etc.
Punch (C16, p101)
verb - to make a hole by pressing or cutting in, into, or through something
Purchase (C15, p98)
verb - to get something by paying money for it
Repeat (C20, p131)
verb - to say (something) again
Similar (C15, p96)
adjective - almost the same as someone or something else
Skinny (C16, p104)
adjective - very thin
Squash (18, p113)
noun - any of various fruits of plants of the gourd family widely cultivated
as vegetables
Stump (C19, p122)
noun - the part of a plant and especially a tree remaining attached to the
root after the trunk is cut
Supply (C15, p97)
verb - to provide someone or something with (something that is needed
or wanted)
Tend (C21, p137)
verb - to have or take charge of of as a caretaker or overseer
Thaw (C19, p122)
verb - to stop being frozen or to cause (something) to stop being frozen
Trim  (C17, p106)
noun - the woodwork in the finish of a building especially around openings
Urge (C20, p131)
verb - to try to persuade in a way to do something
View (C19, p121)
Noun - extent  or range of vision

Chapter 22 - Epilogue
Accept (C26, p166)
verb - to receive (something offered) willingly
Anniversary (E, p188)
noun - a date that is remembered or celebrated because of a special or
notable event occurred on that date in a previous year.
Annual (E, p188)
adjective - happening once a year
Appreciate (C22, p143)
verb - to be grateful for (something)
Battle (C25, p158)
noun - a violent fight in which people use weapons
Blind (C24, p153)
Unable or unwilling to notice or judge something
Bulletin (E, p186)
noun - a quick announcement from an official source about an important
piece of news
Ceremony (E, p186)
noun - an action performed only formally with no deep significance
Coffin(s) (C23, p148)
aoun - boxes in which dead people are buried
Committee (C27, p171)
noun - a group of people who are chosen to do a particular job or to make
decisions about something
Concentrate (C25, p158)
verb - to give your attention to the thing you are doing, reading, etc.
Contagious (C23, p148)
adjective - capable of being easily spread to others
Cough (C22, p143)
verb - to expel air from the lungs suddenly with a sharp, short, noise
Delicate (C24, p156)
adjective - marked by daintiness or charm of color, lines, or proportions
Deny (C25, p159)
verb - to refuse to accept or admit
Depend (E, p189)
verb - to place reliance or trust
Elk (C27, p173)
noun - a large kind of Northa american deer with big antlers
Envelope (C23, p149)
noun - a flat usually paper container (as for a letter)
Epidemic (C23, p149)
adjective - affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of
individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time
Flock (C24, p154)
noun - a group or animals *such as birds or sheep) assembled or herded together
Gear (C22, p140)
noun - supplies, tools, or clothes needed for a special purpose
General (C23, p148)
(23) noun - noun - a commissioned officer in the military : specific
government position
Grateful (C22, p144)
adjective - pleasing by reason of comfort supplied
Graze (C24, p154)
verb - to feed on growing herbage
Grumble (C25, p157)
verb - to complain quietly about something
Grunt (C22, p141)
verb - to make a short, low sound
Jaw (26, p165)
noun - the lower part of a person’s face
Leap (C27, p174)
noun - a choice made in an area of ultimate concern
Loss (C24, p156)
noun - a person or thing or an amount that is lost
Manage (C25, p160)
verb - to take care of and make decisions about (someone’s time, money, etc.)
Memorial (C27, p170/171)
adjective - created or done to honor a person who has died or to remind
people of an event in which many people died
Ordinary (C23, p149)
adjective - normal or usual
Peace (C24, p156)
noun - a state in which there is no war or fighting
Quilt (C23, p151)
noun - a bed cover with stitched designs that is made of two layers of
cloth filled with wool, cotton, or soft feathers
Raw (C22, p143)
adjective - not protected; susceptible to hurt
Receive (C22, p139)
verb - to come into possession of
Regret (C27, p173)
verb - to be very sorry for 
Represent (C24, p156)
verb - to serve as a sign or symbol of
Risk (C23, p147)
verb - to do something that could result in (something bad or unpleasant)
Routine (C24, p155)
noun - a regular way of doing things in a particular order
Shrill (C23, p152)
adjective - having or emitting a sharp high-pitched tone or sound
Stall (C26, p165)
noun - a compartment for a domestic animal in a stable or barn
Subject (C26, p163)
noun - the person or thing that is being discussed or described
Support (C23, p150)
verb - to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for
Tackle (C25, p159)
Verb - to set about dealing with
Target (C22, p140)
noun - a mark to shoot at
Telegram (C23, p149)
noun - a message that is sent by telegraph
Territory (C27, p173)
noun - an area often including a nesting or denning site and a variable
foraging range that is occupied and defended by an animal 
Tramp (C27, p175)
verb - to walk or step heavily
Wreath (C23, p148)
noun - an arrangement of leaves, or flowers in the shape of a circle that
is worn or placed as a sign of honor

Contact Information:
email: p.morse31@gmail.com

Cell phone: 207-985-9723

Linkedin: Phil Morse - Project Manager for the Narcissus - 1912
Facebook: Phil Morse - Seashore Trolley Museum

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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