Events

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. 

The Willa Cather Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created in 1955 that owns and operates the National Willa Cather Center and the nation's largest collection of nationally-designated historic sites dedicated to an American author.

Author Series
Author Series
Opera House Events
Opera House Events
Art Gallery
Art Gallery
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The Fourth Grade Project

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Over the past ten years, acclaimed artist Judy Gelles has interviewed and photographed more than 300 fourth-grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, England, India, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, South Africa, Dubai, South Korea, and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all of the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?


Making a Place Exhibit Opening!

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We are excited to welcome guests to the opening of our newest permanent exhibit, Making a Place: A Long History of Red Cloud, on March 1, 2024!  As we celebrate Nebraska's Statehood Day, we hope you will join us to dig into the history of the Red Cloud area, from its earliest inhabitants to today. The exhibit will be open free of charge from 3:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m., with light refreshments served.


Switchback

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Welcome Sandhill crane season and early spring with Switchback! An award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.

Beneath the Wide-Open

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We welcome oil painter Jonathan Goodding to the Red Cloud Opera House gallery this spring! Goodding's paintings capture the energy and wonder of the ever-changing Great Plains sky. With vigorous marks and bold colors, native-Nebraskan Goodding recreates a dynamic and awesome horizon that is familiar to residents of the state.  We hope you will join us for a reception for the artist to be held on April 5, 2024. The exhibit and the reception are open to the public at no charge, as part of our mission to advance Willa Cather's legacy through education, preservation, and the arts.

Virtual Author Series: Chris Harding Thornton

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Take a trip to 1930s Omaha and its fictionalized criminal past in Little Underworld, a new noir mystery from Nebraska novelist Chris Harding Thornton! Hear an excerpt from her book and learn more about how she drew from Omaha's early 20th century history to create this twisty tale. Funding was provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Author Series and Book Signing: Gail Shaffer Blankenau

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Observe National Nebraska Day by learning more about the complex history of the state's south central region. Author and historian Gail Shaffer Blankenau will join us for a talk and signing of her new book, Journey to Freedom: Uncovering the Grayson Sisters' Escape from Nebraska Territory, at the Red Cloud Opera House auditorium at 1:00 p.m. central time. Blankenau's book signing will be followed by opportunities to take a guided tour of historic sites related to Willa Cather, and an artist reception for oil painter Jonathan Goodding.    Funding was provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

69th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference

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Our 69th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference will celebrate Willa Cather and reading. Cather herself was an avid reader as well as a writer; she enjoyed sharing her book recommendations with friends, and she was pleased by hearing the comments of her own readers. From an early age, she established her “library,” with her books labeled and sometimes numbered in the back room of her father’s office.


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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. Through our scholarly endeavors, educational outreach, arts and humanities programs, and preservation of historical settings and archives, we serve as a vibrant memorial to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.