Tuesday, June 11, 2019

New Book Will Benefit the Narcissus Project and Seashore Trolley Museum

Theodore Roosevelt leaning out of the train doorway of the
Portland-Lewiston Interurban no. 14, Narcissus, as he
addresses the gathered townsfolk in Gray, Maine on August
18, 1914. Roosevelt had experienced something special
as he and the Narcissus were approaching the Gray station
moments earlier. Image courtesy Gray Historical Society

     One year ago, I was very happy to release a blog post announcing that award-winning Maine author, Jean M. Flahive, had agreed to write a young readers historical fiction chapter book that would benefit the Narcissus Project. I am now, very happy to report, that the book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, will be released this fall! Below is the 'teaser' for the book and some feedback from two who read the manuscript just prior to it being submitted to Maine Authors Publishing in Thomaston, Maine, to be professionally edited. For an autographed copy of Jean's book in time for distribution as a holiday gift; advance mail orders of the new book received by the Museum Store of Seashore Trolley Museum, prior to November 15, 2019, will receive an autographed copy of the new book, signed by Jean M. Flahive. So, stay tuned for details on the release date, pricing, etc., in the coming weeks.

Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride
by Jean M. Flahive
Cover Art & Sketches by Amy J. Gagnon
     In 1911, young Millie Thayer witnesses the building of a rail line passing through the back pasture of her family's farm in Gray, Maine. Electric trolleys that will run from Portland to Lewiston capture Millie's imagination and dreams of faraway places. A chance encounter with a fortune-teller who sees Millie's future sets Millie on a path that intersects with former president Theodore Roosevelt and his trolley ride on the new Narcissus as it passes through her town. Millie's fascination with 'Mr. Teddy' and her childhood fantasies guide her actions for the next few years. Ultimately Millie is faced with one of life's harsh realities that cast a shadow on her dreams. In a moving twist, her answer comes in an unexpected place.

US $14.95 paperback
ISBN: 978-0-578-54473-1
Library of Congress Card Control: 2019909872

"...Jean Flahive expertly rolls back the years, bringing us back to the arrival of interurban rail in small-town Maine. These 'electric traveling machines' change young Millie's life forever..."

"...the story of their friendship is beautifully woven into the touching story of the girl..."
Donna Davidge; great-granddaughter of William W. Sewall - Sewall House, Island Falls, Maine in reference to Theodore Roosevelt and William Sewall.

"Jean M. Flahive skillfully describes the arrival of the interurban trolleys in Maine and how they changed both the landscape and lives of Mainers forever. Her captivating characters meet at crossroads of progress and politics, taking the reader on a journey of anticipation, wonder, and the reality of a changing world."
Marie Dostie; Consulting Teacher, Gifted Education, Auburn Middle School, Auburn, Maine

"Flahive's book explores a lesser-known episode from the later life of Theodore Roosevelt; she imbues the story, told from a perspective of a young girl growing up at the turn of the century, with humor and heart."
Heather G. Cole; Curator, Literary & Popular Culture Collections at John Hay Library, Brown University

General comments: "An interesting juxtaposition of a "present-day" interview and a fictional account of the interviewee's childhood-all related to an encounter with Teddy Roosevelt on a Maine trolley car. Though written for children in the middle grades (perhaps ages 9 through 12), it can be enjoyed by older kids and adults, as well."
Title & Concept: "Title and concept are great-and I like the "challenge" of the time shift between the interview and Millie's fictionalized childhood, especially for a kids' book at this level."
Editorial Evaluation of Manuscript comments on Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride.

     Jean and I are very pleased to be working with Maine artist, Amy J. Gagnon, from Mount Desert Island. Amy, like Jean, was referred to me by Maine Authors Publishing. Amy has completed the cover illustration and twenty-eight individual sketches for the book. Click on Amy's name above to see her Google home page where there are links to her Twitter and Instagram pages. 

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.

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