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Willa Cather Foundation - Red Cloud Nebraska (NE)

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Help us Reach our Goal

Our Campaign for the Future is an integrated effort to restore numerous Cather-related historic properties, expand programming, develop visitor amenities in Red Cloud, and build our endowment. To date, we’ve raised $4.7 million toward our $6.5 million goal. Please join us as we write our next chapter.

“Through Willa Cather’s writing, we have a better understanding of one of the most remarkable and compelling periods in American history. The sites and collections that make up the National Willa Cather Center in Red Cloud are cultural treasures. Your generosity ensures that our children and grandchildren will be able to travel back in time to hear the ‘nimble air,’ and learn from Willa Cather’s example for many generations to come.”

— Mrs. Laura Bush, Honorary National Chair

First Lady of the United States (2001-2009)

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Willa Cather

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of international significance, Willa Cather’s influence is undeniable. Seen as a regional writer for decades after her passing in 1947, critics have increasingly identified Cather as one of the most important American novelists, the peer of authors like Hemingway, Faulkner, and Wharton. In her prolific career, Cather wrote twelve novels, six collections of short fiction, two editions of her book of poetry, April Twilights, and a large body of nonfiction, journalism, speeches, and letters.

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The Willa Cather Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the work, life, and legacy of this great American writer. Your gifts support scholarly conferences and seminars, educational outreach, arts and humanities programs, preservation of historic sites and archives, and conservation.

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Virtual Tour

Our virtual tour gives students, teachers, and guests a content-rich, interactive way to experience Willa Cather's Red Cloud.

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Willa Cather Review

The peer-reviewed Willa Cather Review is published three times annually and features the very latest in Cather scholarship, features, and news.

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Current Exhibits

National Willa Cather Center regularly features artwork from regional and national artists. A museum exhibit, American Bittersweet: The Life & Writing of Willa Cather, showcases objects from the collection and examines the life and legacy of Willa Cather by exploring and embracing the complexities of her life and her art.

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Archives & Collections

The National Willa Cather Center Collection is a rich and growing body of Willa Cather and Cather family possessions, rare books, photographs, correspondence, periodicals, newspapers, and original research and criticism from the early days of Cather scholarship.


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The Willa Cather Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created in 1955 that owns and operates the National Willa Cather Center, Red Cloud Opera House, Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, and the nation's largest collection of nationally-designated historic sites dedicated to an American author.



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Jun 4, 2020 to Jun 6, 2020
Join us as we embrace innovation and offer our Spring Conference digitally for the very first time.


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Jun 24, 2021 to Jun 27, 2021
We will hold the 18th International Cather Seminar right in the neighborhood where Cather lived between 1906-1932: Greenwich Village.

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May 20, 2020
In her invited lecture, "When the World Broke in Two: America on the Cusp of the 1920s," Ryan will situate Cather's novel within the time period of creation and publication, a period that foreshadowed the turmoils of the 1920s.
May 19, 2020
Join us as we welcome Alex Ross back to Red Cloud as keynote speaker for the 65th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference.