The Museum brings history to life in the community through our Our and About with Upstairs Downstairs program. Hear Curator of Education Heather Trubee Brown speak about the history and importance of the Tampa Bay Hotel. After the talk, step back in time and enjoy a single-character performance of a turn-of–the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff member. A question and answer session will round out the event.
Based on original research conducted by the Henry Plant Museum, the character Henry Plant exemplifies the self-made man during America's Industrial Age. He is the visionary president of the Plant System and builder of the Tampa Bay Hotel. Not usually one to talk about himself or his accomplishments, Mr. Plant takes a rare moment to reflect on his life. Sharing details about building his empire of steamship and rail lines and luxury hotels, Mr. Plant talks about how the Plant System was central to the development to Tampa. He even reveals some of his personal work ethic. Henry Plant is portrayed by Richard Coppinger.
This program is graciously underwritten by: