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Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel

November 3, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

Turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guestsStep back in time and enjoy these living history vignettes that bring turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life. Based on original research conducted by the Henry B. Plant Museum, the characters in our one-person shows are based wholly or in part on actual Hotel staff and guests. Recreating the attitudes and mores of a bygone time, along with the sorrows and joys of their existence, characters Arthur Schleman (hunting and fishing guide), Otis Freedman (head waiter), Henry Plant (Tampa Bay Hotel founder), Otis Freedman (head waiter), Pauline Smith (telegraph operator), Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (former Lt. Col. of the Rough Riders), Henry Dobson (Spanish-American War soldier) and First Lady Edith Roosevelt present their individual perspectives on what it meant to be part of Plant's luxury resort.

The Museum presents Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel each Sunday at 2 pm, September 9-November 11, 2012 and January 6-May 26, 2013.


  • 8 - Theodore Roosevelt
  • 15 - Edith Roosevelt
  • 22 - Arthur Schleman
  • 29 - Pauline Smith



  • 6 - Henry Dobson
  • 13 - Otis Freedman
  • 20 - Theodore Roosevelt
  • 27 - Henry Plant


November 3, 2013 2:00 pm
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The Henry Plant Museum
401 W. Kennedy Boulevard Tampa, FL 33606 United States