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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, November 2, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, December 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
The Nebraska Rural Living Art Show is currently on display now through December 28. Utilizing a variety of media, five artists weave a tapestry of Nebraska Rural Living—one that...
Opera House
Sunday, January 13, 2019 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
The Red Cloud Opera House will be brimming with enticing aromas as local chefs dust off their favorite recipe for the 5th annual Soup Showdown. The event is open to the public...
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
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...
Opera House
Saturday, December 8, 2018 -
6:30pm to 7:00pm
Join author Steven Rothenberger in the Red Cloud Opera House gallery as he talks about his first full-length book, Scottsbluff in ’62: A Rock 'N' Roll Retrospective of Small Town...
Special Events
Friday, December 7, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Join us in celebrating Willa Cather’s birthday! The National Willa Cather Center and Red Cloud Opera House will be open for guests to view the facilities, shop our bookstore, and...
Opera House
Saturday, November 17, 2018 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Family-friendly, youth-centered entertainment is on tap when The String Beans visit the Red Cloud Opera House on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. The Lincoln-based group will perform...
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 and sign copies in the Red Cloud Opera House gallery in honor of Veteran's Day...
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...
Art Gallery
Saturday, November 10, 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join us for a reception in honor of the Nebraska Rural Living artists on Saturday, November 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The reception will include light hors d' oeuvres, drinks, and...
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...
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...
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...

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