People’s Tribune Preparing for the Champ Clark Heritage Festival

James Beauchamp 'Champ' Clark Statue in Bowling Green Missouri

James Beauchamp ‘Champ’ Clark Statue in Bowling Green Missouri

There’s an informative article by The Peoples Tribune’s April M. Fronick ( about the upcoming Champ Clark Heritage Festival (Sept. 8th) celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 1912 U.S. Presidential race that almost had Bowling Green Missouri’s own James Beauchamp ‘Champ’ Clark as the Democratic nominee.

Edged out of the Democratic Convention by eventual President Woodrow Wilson, Champ Clark remained Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1911 to 1919.

Check out April’s article for more information, including the premier of a new two-act play “Almost President” by local play write Brent Engel:

Author Notes Little Has Changed In Politics 100 Years Since Election Of 1912

This fall marks 100 years since the Democratic Convention of 1912 where Bowling Green’s own Champ Clark fell just short of the presidential nomination and, likely, the White House. Most people know that Champ served as Speaker of the House and that he came close to the presidential bid. At this year’s Heritage Festival on Sept. 8, folks will get a better glimpse of history in the two-act play, “Almost President,” written by local author Brent Engel. Read the full article at http://

History of the Raintree Arts and Apple Shed

The Apple Shed is a 90 year old landmark in the town of Clarksville, and the Raintree Arts Council (RAC) has been taking care of it for the last 32 years! You can’t miss the Apple Shed, just off Highway 79 at the south end of town. It’s held many roles over the years. Today it functions as a dedicated location for art in Pike County.

The Apple Shed was donated to the Raintree Arts Council by Louis Mallin and Robert Mallin, for the development of a community wide cultural center. The following features make the Apple Shed a great local resource:

  • 120 seat staged theater
  • Large and small art display areas
  • Very large exposition area
  • Kitchen and food service area
  • Restrooms

The Raintree Arts Council is dedicated to providing an environment for art to flourish in rural Missouri. The RAC sponsors art and education programs; theater and music performances; and gallery exhibitions for all artistic genres, mediums, and ages. They’re here to help you perform and enjoy the arts.

If you’d like to perform or request a performance at the Apple Shed. Let us know. If you’re a performer, The Raintree Arts Council would love to have you perform. Otherwise, they’d love to hear your cultural wish-list.