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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
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 7:00pm
About ordinary journey with 4 Shona Dietz is a multi-media artist whose installations blend contemporary audio or video work with established art forms like drawing, painting, and...
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...
Special Events
Monday, November 12, 2018 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Nebraska author Theodore Wheeler will talk about his World War I-era novel Kings of Broken things (2017) and sign copies in the Red Cloud Opera House gallery in honor of Veteran's...
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...
Spring Conference
Friday, May 31, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
May 31–June 1, 2019 — Cather at the Theater. 64th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Event will be updated as schedule becomes available!
International Seminar
Monday, June 17, 2019 to Friday, June 21, 2019
17th International Willa Cather Seminar “Unsettling Cather: Differences and Dislocations” June 17–21, 2019 | Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia Co-Directors: Marilee...
Past Events
Past Events
Special Events
Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 2:00pm
To celebrate the 100th publication anniversary of My Ántonia , screenwriter and producer Victoria Riskin and Cather scholar Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier will join Willa Cather...
Special Events
Saturday, September 22, 2018 -
10:00am to 8:00pm
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...
Special Events
Friday, September 21, 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join the Willa Cather Archive and Community Crops for a celebratory feast marking the 100th anniversary of the publication of My Ántonia . Sample diverse dishes from local Lincoln...
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...
Opera House
Saturday, September 15, 2018 -
7:30pm to 9:30pm
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...
Art Gallery
Saturday, September 15, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:30pm
Join artist Shona Dietz for a reception on Saturday, September 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and conversation while enjoying Ms. Dietz's ordinary journey...
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...

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