Willa Cather Foundation Events

The Willa Cather Foundation holds a variety of events in Red Cloud annually, including several Opera House performances and gallery exhibitions, our Spring Conference, and the Prairie Writers' Workshop. A biennial International Cather Seminar and periodic symposia are also held in other locales that were relevant to Cather's life and work. Check this page often to see our upcoming events, conferences, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions. Don't forget the easiest way to keep up with our activities is to sign-up for our monthly electronic newsletter.

Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

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Westward expansion was one of the most transformational elements in American life throughout the 19th century. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it. Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined features forty-eight hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence artists had on the perception of the wild west.


Holiday Dueling Pianos

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Fill your cup with holiday cheer and join us for the one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that is Dueling Pianos! These talented musicians will provide a request driven show full of your favorite christmas music, and audience participation is encouraged. Cap off the year and kick off the holiday season with a holly jolly singalong as we celebrate another wonderful year at the opera house.


Holiday Dueling Pianos

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Fill your cup with holiday cheer and join us for the one-of-a-kind entertainment experience that is Dueling Pianos! These talented musicians will provide a request driven show full of your favorite Christmas music, and audience participation is encouraged. Cap off the year and kick off the holiday season with a holly jolly singalong as we celebrate another wonderful year—and 20th anniversary season—at the Red Cloud Opera House!


Celebrating Cather at 150: A Guided Holiday Tour

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As part of National Willa Cather Center's efforts to commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather's 150th year, we are pleased to invite visitors to enjoy a special holiday tour of National Willa Cather Center historic sites!


Benjamin Taylor Book Launch and Reading

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As part of National Willa Cather Center's efforts to commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather’s 150th year, we are pleased to celebrate lauded writer and biographer Benjamin Taylor's much-anticipated biography Chasing Bright Medusas: A Life of Willa Cather!

Celebrating Cather at 150: A Guided Holiday Tour

Special Events:

As part of National Willa Cather Center's efforts to commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather's 150th year, we are pleased to invite visitors to enjoy a special holiday tour of National Willa Cather Center historic sites!


Reading Willa Cather: A Sesquicentennial Celebration

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The Boston Athenaeum is pleased to partner with The National Willa Cather Center to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Willa Cather's birth. Cather is one of the most singular and treasured American writers of the 20th century. Her groundbreaking fiction (O Pioneers!, My Antonia, One of Ours, Death Comes for the Archbishop) set a new standard in American literature. This special evening of brief selections from Cather's fiction and letters bring to life the uniquely American prose.


Celebrating Cather at 150: A Guided Holiday Tour

Special Events:

As part of National Willa Cather Center's efforts to commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather's 150th year, we are pleased to invite visitors to enjoy a special holiday tour of National Willa Cather Center historic sites!


Celebrating Cather at 150: A Guided Holiday Tour

Special Events:

As part of National Willa Cather Center's efforts to commemorate acclaimed novelist Willa Cather's 150th year, we are pleased to invite visitors to enjoy a special holiday tour of National Willa Cather Center historic sites!