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25th Anniversary of the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship Program

April 18, 2011

Willa Cather Foundation Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship Program

Red Cloud, Nebraska, March 30, 2011 — Since 1987, the Willa Cather Foundation has awarded 29 scholarships totaling more than $140,000 through the Norma Ross Walter Scholarship program. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Foundation’s effort to provide scholarship support to female Nebraska high school graduates who continue their higher education as English majors in accredited colleges or universities.


Cather Inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame

March 21, 2011

Cather Inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame

On Friday, April 1, 2011 the Empire State Center for the Book will induct nine authors into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Willa Cather is among this prestigious group of seven deceased and two living authors whose writings have made a lasting contribution to literature. A member of the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors, along with a representative of the Cather family will be present to accept the honor on behalf of Ms. Cather.


56th Annual Spring Conference

March 10, 2011

The 56th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Coming April 29-30

Red Cloud, Nebraska, March 1, 2011 — The 2011 Willa Cather Spring Conference “Willa Cather and Her Popular Culture” will be held in Red Cloud, Nebraska April 29-30. This year's conference explores and celebrates a theme that has not been often considered by Cather's readers: her relationship to the popular culture of her day. From her enjoyment of popular music, movies, and books, to her writings about actresses and opera stars, Cather regularly engaged with the trendy, the famous, and the celebrated.


56th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference

February 7, 2011

In May 1916, Willa Cather wrote to her friend Mabel Dodge Luhan that she just had the luck of sharing a train with a very well-known actor. When the train stopped in Albuquerque, she even got to meet him. It was Rin-Tin-Tin, the movie star dog, and Cather wrote that she had never been more excited to meet a celebrity.


Friends Issue a Challenge to Preserve Our Past, Pioneer Our Future

August 18, 2010

Two longtime contributors to the Foundation recently joined forces to issue a challenge to Willa Cather devotees.

The Willa Cather: Preserving our Past, Pioneering our Future Campaign will provide resources critical to preserving the Cather archives and expanding familiarity with the author among Nebraska's school children.


At Willa Cather's Tables: The Cather Foundation Cookbook

May 26, 2010

Frozen plum pudding, anyone? Perhaps a French onion soup in which "there are nearly a thousand years of history"? Or some Swedish heirloom cookies? These and countless other tantalizing edibles can be found in the brand new cookbook from the Willa Cather Foundation, available here.


Registration is Open for Prairie Writers' Workshop with John T. Price

April 13, 2010

The Willa Cather Foundation would like to invite you to attend this year's Prairie Writers' Workshop scheduled for May 20-23. This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring writers to gain insight from author, John T. Price. Four-hour workshops will be held throughout the residency. Participants will be encouraged to visit the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie to gain inspiration from the land and its rare forbs and grasses. The workshop will conclude with a public reception hosted by the Willa Cather Foundation Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.