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Cather Sesquicentennial: Commemorating 150 Years

Cather Sesquicentennial: Commemorating 150 Years

The National Willa Cather Center is pleased to announce that it will commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather’s 150th birthday with a host of special events. This monumental year is also the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours, as well as the publication centenaries for A Lost Lady and April Twilights and Other Poems.

Willa Cather’s prolific writing career and contributions to American letters will be honored in 2023 when her statue is unveiled as part of the National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Cather will become one of less than a dozen women represented in the collection, while sculptor Littleton Alston will be the first African American artist to be represented in the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Another significant initiative underway is the restoration of the Willa Cather Childhood Home. This National Historic Landmark was Cather’s residence between the ages of ten to sixteen. Notable for its preserved vernacular style and original wallpaper in Cather’s attic bedroom, the site will reopen to visitors in the latter half of 2023. The restoration is made possible in part by a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service, with matching funds provided by the Willa Cather Foundation’s Campaign for the Future

Book clubs and teachers around the country are encouraged to explore discussion questions and curriculum support resources at or to download the National Willa Cather Center app for virtual tours. Communities throughout the United States who would like to request a speaker or are interested in hosting a Cather event should contact the National Willa Cather Center at 402-746-2653 or

Cather 150 — 2023 Schedule of Events

This schedule will be updated throughout the year.

Willa Cather's 150th birthday is December 7 — related events around that time are still in the planning stages.