Victorian Christmas Stroll at the Plant Museum

Plant Museum Grand HallExperience the warmth and charm of an old-time holiday at Henry B. Plant Museum’s 31st annual Victorian Christmas Stroll from December 1st to 23rd, 2012, 10 am to 8 pm daily.

Beneath towering silver minarets, an extravagantly adorned former Tampa Bay Hotel captures the spirit of the season – Victorian style.  There are 14 exhibit rooms; each dazzling with trimmed trees uniquely designed in 19th century themes and antique holiday accessories.  While strolling down the Grand Hallway, your spirits will soar as you become immersed in carolers singing, Charles Dickens, much loved toys and wrapped gifts, Christmas stockings and Old Saint Nick.

For those seeking tree-trimming inspirations, beveled crystals and prisms, masquerade masks, chess pieces, origami, men’s hats from the “Grand Tour”, and antique toys will grace this year’s Christmas trees.

Where’s Henry? is a game that ignites the passion for exploration in children and the young at heart. Strategically placed in each exhibit room, amid the myriad of decorations, is an image of Henry Plant, the founder of the Hotel.  Armed with a checklist, the adventure begins to see if they can locate his image in every room. If they are successful, they will receive a prize.

The Victorian Christmas Stroll preserves the essence of an old-fashioned Christmas and is treasured as Tampa’s most popular family tradition. Complimentary spiced cider and savory cookies will be served on the veranda every day, and each evening carolers will perform music for your merriment. Visitors are invited to sing with the carolers in front of the 15-foot tree in the hallway. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 seniors and $7 youths (4-18 years). Discount Days are December 3, 4,10, and 11 when admissions are reduced to $9 adults, $8 seniors, and $5 youths. Group tours are welcome: please make reservations for parties of 20 or more with Sally Shifke, Museum Relations Coordinator, (813) 258-7302.

The Museum Store has a huge selection of merchandise, from gorgeous ornaments to silver serving pieces and exquisite holiday accessories. The Museum Store also offers books, fragrances, jewelry, children’s toys, stationery, and home accessories. Enjoy shopping in a unique Victorian atmosphere: the Museum Store is open from 10 am to 8 pm daily and no admission is required.

Proceeds from the Victorian Christmas Stroll fund significant museum restoration and preservation projects, as well as educational programming.

The Christmas Stroll could not be possible without the generous support of: The Beck Group, Macy’s, Jacarlene Foundations, New York Yankees Tampa Foundation and The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com.

The Henry B. Plant Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age.  Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark.

Harvest History Tour in Brooksville

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is offering a truly unique Harvest of History Tour at the historic Hope Hill homestead in Brooksville, FL on Saturday, November 3, at 2:00 p.m.

In 1835 William E. Hope and his family came from Liberty County, Georgia to settle the fertile soil of West Central Florida. They settled in what was known as Chocochatti, a former Seminole Indian settlement. They lived atop this hill until the homestead mysteriously burned down in the 1890s. The Hope Homestead site was excavated by a USF archeological team in 2004-2005 and unearthed many clues to its past.

A Seminole re-enactor will also be on site to tell his rich story of the Seminole Nation. The Miesch Family, the current owners of the property, will generously open their private museum. You will dine on Bison burgers and fresh roasted corn on the cob. You can view an arrow head display, observe flint knapping, as well as speak to individuals directly involved with the excavation. Get in touch with your inner archeologist and attend the Harvest of History.

The tour costs $20. Reservations are required.

Cemetery Resource Protection Training

Tampa Preservation, Inc. is pleased to be co-hosting a workshop with the City of Tampa and Florida Public Archaeology Network on Preserving Historic Cemeteries and Human Burial Sites. The workshop will take place on November 9th, 2012 at the Metro 510 Life Center, 510 E. Harrison Street, Tampa from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Registration costs $15. For information, please contact Becky at rosulliv@usf.edu or (813) 396-2325.

Tampa Cemetary Workshop

 

Preservation Roundtable – Ocotber 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on it’s regular schedule –
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
9:00 AM
in the conference room of the TPI/Ybor Museum Society offices
 (2009 N. 18th Street – corner of Palm and 18th).
Please join other preservation-minded citizens in discussing issues facing the Tampa Bay area.

2012 Preservation Awards

Tampa Preservation, Inc.

invites you to attend

The 28th Annual

Preservation Celebration

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Preservation Awards ~ 7:00 pm
Followed by a Reception

Tampa Firefighters Museum
720 Zack Street

Complimentary to current TPI members
$25 non-members (provides 1 yr
individual TPI membership)

RSVP by May 18th
by mailing check payable to TPI
to P.O. Box 18061 Tampa, FL 33679
or email tpitampa@aol.com
813-248-5437

or submit your membership using the link below:


Membership Levels




Preservation Roundtable – May 2012

The Preservation Roundtable will meet on Wednesday May 2nd at 9:00 AM. For THIS MONTH ONLY we will be meeting at the Life Center of the Metro 510 project (the historic St. Paul AME Church) at 502 E. Harrison Street. All Tampa area residents interested in the preservation of the Tampa Bay area’s built resources are welcome to attend. For more information contact TPI.