The members of the Honeyshuck Restoration Board have designated 2017 as “The Year of the Speaker,” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bowling Green High School Annual being named, “The Speaker.”
According to a 1917 edition of the school yearbook, “The Speaker” was chosen to honor Bowling Green resident Champ Clark, who rose through the ranks of the Democratic Party and would serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919.
Clark’s home, Honeyshuck, is the only National Historic Landmark within the city of Bowling Green and welcomed more than 300 visitors during the 2016 tourism season. As such, the group was included by National Geographic in the famous magazine’s efforts to document tourism sites throughout the Mississippi River Valley.
Pictured above, form right to left, are Diane Kirkpatrick, Margie Vogel, Charlene McCune, Nathan Lilley, Bob Kirkpatrick, and Larry Twellman. They are all members of the Honeyshuck Board of Directors, and are pictured with various editions of “The Speaker.”
The board is in the preliminary stages of planning multiple events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary of “The Speaker”.