Champ Clark House

The Champ Clark House is the Bowling Green, Missouri residence of The Hon. Champ Clark—congressman from Missouri’s Ninth District who presided as Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919.  His son, Bennett Clark, was raised here and went on to distinguish himself as co-founder of The American Legion and U. S. Senator from the Show-Me State. Other notable family members, including the Speaker's famous daughter Genevieve, resided here as well.

When they moved to the house in 1898, Champ and his wife, Genevieve, named it Honeyshuck,… for the seed-pods of the locust trees in the yard.

Now a National Historic Landmark and regional museum, the Clarks’ home is open to the public with collections that interpret not only the personal lives and political legacies of the Clark family, but the remarkable records and rich heritage of public service by elected office-holders from Pike County and Northeast Missouri.

Welcome to Honeyshuck!

Champ Clark House

Welcome

Champ Clark for President 1912-2012Now in its 41st year, Honeyshuck Restoration, Inc. plans a lively year of celebrating the life of Champ Clark and other Northeastern Missouri dignitaries.

Visiting Hours:

Open June, July and August
Tuesday - Sunday
Noon to 4:00 pm

Other times by Appointment
Call 573-324-6707 or 573-324-3154

Admission: $3.00; children 10 & under free

Please visit the remainder of this site to learn about the colorful history of the Clarks, upcoming events, and ways in which you can contribute to the future of the Champ Clark House.

Champ Clark for President,
1912-2012

Champ Clark for President

Just over one hundred years ago, Champ Clark of Bowling Green, Missouri was unfairly denied the Democratic Presidential nomination at the turbulent Baltimore Convention of 1912. Due to a split in the Republican Party, if nominated Clark would have been elected the 28th President of the United States, the first Missourian to hold the Executive Office.

Learn more about Champ Clark's bid for the Presidency

Missouri State Flag

Missouri State Flag

The flag of the State of Missouri was accepted and adopted by the legislature of Missouri during the administration of Governor Elliott Major (1913-1917). This flag was designed by Mrs. Elizabeth Watkins Oliver of Cape Girardeau. It was raised over the State Capitol where it flew for a few hours, was lowered and presented to Governor and Mrs Majors by adjutant General John B. Omeara, a military aide to the Governor.

Learn more about this historic flag that was presented to the Champ Clark House

Champ Clark House unveils Halloween plans

Stickers, candy to be handed out

Champ Clark Halloween Sticker

Halloween is just around the corner, and the folks at The Champ Clark House are ready.

The Champ Clark House (Honeyshuck) will welcome trick-or-treaters Friday night, Oct. 31 from 5:30 p.m. until the last bit of candy is gone. This is a first for the home, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is the one-time home of Speaker of the House Champ Clark and family.

In addition to sweets, the home will be decorated in Halloween finery, with lights and spooks of all sorts. Incoming board president Nathan Lilley designed a limited edition Halloween sticker for the inaugural event, which features Mr. Clark popping out of a period-appropriate jack o’ lantern. These will be given away with candy, while supplies last.

The Champ Clark House recently hosted its annual banquet with guest speaker the Hon. John C. (Jack) Danforth.

Greeting trick-or-treaters is just one of a number of new community-based initiatives at the house. Plans are in the works for a Christmas open house in December, an art contest in early 2015, and a weekly reading hour for youngsters in summer 2015. Other events will be announced as details become available. For updates follow The Champ Clark House on Facebook