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Summer Snow: A Celebration of Landscape

Summer Snow: A Celebration of Landscape

Monday, May 2, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Cottonwood by Carol Thompson

“How much it must mean to a man to love his country like this . . . ." – One of Ours, Willa Cather

The cottonwood tree is a familiar feature of Willa Cather’s novels. Though the native tree was often considered a nuisance in Nebraska, Willa Cather championed the preservation of the oldest trees, recalling how the “pioneers feel the cottonwoods are bound up with their lives.” She notes too, as she wrote during World War I, the incredible damage done to the trees of Europe and the emotional toll that the decimated landscape took on the people there. As she writes in One of Ours, the cottonwood was a common bond between the Nebraska prairie and war-torn France. The first week of June generally marks the period when cottonwoods begin to go to seed, airborne tufts of silky “snow” carrying the seeds of the native trees across the prairie. As we commemorate the service of so many American men in Europe, we will fill our auditorium with your interpretations of the cottonwood—growing wild, planted in formal allees, on the prairie, or abroad. 

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