Friday, April 20, 2018

New Exhibits for 2018 at Seashore Trolley Museum that are Restoration Shop Related 4-20-2018

1915 Portland-Lewiston Interurban waiting station from
Morrison Hill in West Cumberland, ME at Seashore
Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME. Last summer
and fall the petite 10-foot by 5-foot, metal-clad
building had some well-needed repairs and maintenance
take place on the exterior and the interior. In part, the work
Peek through the open front door. Do you see the large decal?
PWM photo

Beautiful Morrison Hill Station garden glass artwork
Deb was the professional leaded stained glass artisan that
restored all forty of the Narcissus ornate leaded stained glass.

Seashore Trolley Museum will open its 2018  public operation season on Saturday, May 5. The public operations will be weekends-only through Memorial Day weekend, then daily through Columbus Day, and weekends only through the end of October. 2018 will be the 79th year anniversary recognizing the arrival of the very first vehicle in the collection, 1900 open-car No. 31 from the Biddeford & Saco Railroad.

The exhibit in the Morrison Hill Station is coming together. It may not be fully in place by opening day for public operations, but we are close. In part, the new exhibit/display will prompt/encourage Museum visitors to travel along the path to the Donald G. Curry Restoration Shop. There they will find many additional exhibit panels that were installed last week along the wall of the visitor gallery walkway.

Little Closer view of the back-wall image in place now. PWM

The only electricity to the building is the 600-volt DC
service. Inside and outside clusters of bulbs in series. PWM

The image was taken from the visitor gallery observation
walkway in the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration
Shop. PWM.

Fathead decals are not only for sports icons, Disney
characters, and big screen Marvel Super Heroes:)
Fathead is very happy to make decals of our
Historic Electric Railway Super Heroes too:) PWM

This is a heartfelt poem first read aloud
in 1939 at the PLI employees 2nd reunion in
Gray, ME. It is included in a new brochure
for the Narcissus. Click Here to watch
the music video of this poem as performed by
Troy R. Bennett PWM

One side of a new handout to compliment the Morrison
Hill Station display will be this tri-fold brochure
with colorful details about the Portland-
Lewiston Interurban and its lone survivor,
National Register of Historic Places
member, 1912 No. 14, Narcissus. PWM

The other side. Thank you to Reece Saunders for working
with me to create the brochure. PWM

View as a visitor first steps through the
doorway at the top of the exterior stairwell.
Relocated is the farebox that once was
attached to the floor (see the white spot on
the floor) and to the wall on the left, making
for an obstruction in the narrow walkway.

View of the wall. PWM

Looking towards the entrance/exit with the overlook on the
left with the first two professional exhibit panels. PWM

The end of the overlook is the relocated farebox
and a kiosk that displays the floorplan
of the shop with the various historic cars
short bio. PWM

The first two professional exhibit panels at the
overlook. PWM

Looking down the stairs from the overlook. The window to
the shop foreman's office has had a film applied to the glass
so visitors vision into the office is blurred. PWM

View of the additional professional exhibit panels along
the wall of the visitor gallery walkway. PWM

With the new roof on the Donald G. Curry Town House Restoration Shop and the addition of new LED lighting in the shop, these new panels will be well received by visitors to the shop. Other improvements are taking place on the other side of the wall seen here. More on that in a future post.

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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