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Willa Cather Foundation 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. 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.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Special Events
Monday, January 1, 2018 to Monday, December 31, 2018
Various events will be taking place across the state and nation in celebration of the centennial publication of Willa Cather's My Ántonia . A special website has been set up for...
Art Gallery
Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, August 31, 2018 - 4:45pm
About Prairie Apothecary This body of work focuses on the plants, vistas and atmosphere of Cather’s prairie settings. Prairie plants were often medicinal for the pioneers and I...
Opera House
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
Hardened and Tempered: hard enough to hold an edge; soft enough not to break. Austin-based duo Kristin Davidson and Red Cloud-native Carolyn Phillips live that balance and express...
Special Events
Sunday, September 16, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Author and Cather scholar Sue Hallgarth will read from and speak about her book, Death Comes (2017), a part of the Edith Lewis and Willa Cather mystery series. Set in San...
Special Events
Friday, September 21, 2018 -
12:00pm to 5:00pm
We invite you to a celebratory feast in honor of My Ántonia , which was published exactly 100 years ago on this date. This celebration will bring together local gardeners from...
Special Events
Saturday, September 22, 2018
On Saturday, September 22, 2018, just one day past the 100th anniversary of the original publication of My Ántonia , we will stage an all-day marathon reading of the entire text...
Jaffrey Meeting House
Special Events
Friday, October 19, 2018 to Saturday, October 20, 2018
Please join us in New Hampshire this fall for “Willa Cather’s Spirit Lives On," a series of events held on Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, as a national celebration of the...
Opera House
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the next trick will be figuring out who the lucky winner is, and who will end up behind bars for malicious...
Opera House
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Lightning Bugs will take you back to when the big bands were blowing, the dance floors were crowded and the Mills Brothers helped everyone fall in love. The Bugs use smooth...
Opera House
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Blue Plate Special is a unique band—for music fans with a hearty appetite. Their songs, whether covers or originals, give the audience a feeling for American Roots music, music...

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Past Events
Past Events
Special Events
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
“She was nearly as strong as I”: Being Woman in the Workplace Come to the August meeting of the Panhandle Business and Professionals for a special session on the life and work of...
Opera House
Friday, August 3, 2018 -
3:00pm to 8:30pm
Two Showtimes! Friday, August 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. ALICE IN WONDERLAND Music by David W. Simmons Lyrics by Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and David...
Opera House
Monday, July 30, 2018 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland will be held at the Red Cloud Opera House on Monday, July 30. No advance preparation is necessary...
Art Gallery
Saturday, July 21, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Join us for light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and conversation with Margaret Berry, whose work is on display at the National Willa Cather Center. About the Prairie Apothecary Exhibit...
Opera House
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 3:00pm
As a young girl, Ántonia moves with her family to Black Hawk, Nebraska. Isolated and unable to speak the language, she is desperately alone—until she meets Jim, a young neighbor...
International Seminar
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00pm
Willa Cather’s Irish Connections Cather Symposium June 28–July 1, 2018 Limavady and Derry, Northern Ireland Directors: Willa Murphy, Ulster University, and Aaron Callan, Causeway...
Art Gallery
Friday, June 1, 2018 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm
Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and drinks while meeting the artists behind the Complete and Great exhibit now showing in the Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery. The artists’ reception...
Special Events
Friday, June 1, 2018 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm
“Black Hawk, the new world in which we had come to live”: Stories from the Red Cloud Community A special session of the 63rd Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference will focus on...
Spring Conference
Thursday, May 31, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
“Here at Last is an American Novel”: Celebrating 100 Years of My Ántonia Red Cloud, NE | May 31–June 2, 2018 Conference registration has closed. However, the following events are...
"Last Light" by Mary Merkel-Hess
Art Gallery
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 5:15pm
My Ántonia , Willa Cather's celebrated novel, continues to inspire the work of artists around the world. Complete and Great showcases the work of a number of regional and national...

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