The Lecture Series presented by Carrollwood Village HOAs is a program with informative, educational and entertaining lectures for the community. With a wide variety of topics, this series will entertain, educate, and ultimately challenge us all to be better people! Admission is free.
“Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel” with Henry B. Plant
Step back in time for a single-character performance that brings turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Based on original research conducted by the Henry Plant Museum, “Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel” recreates the attitudes and mores of a bygone time.
In this presentation of “Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel” hosted by Melissa Sullebarger Curator of Education Henry B. Plant Museum, we travel back and meet Henry B. Plant.
President of the Plant System and builder of the Tampa Bay Hotel, 1899
Henry Bradley 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 actor Gregory Thompson.
Special thanks to the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and Hillsborough County, Florida Government Board of County Commissioners for underwriting this project.