Welcome to America’s Most Famous Small Town

Set amidst brick-lined streets, charming homes, historic buildings, and the immense beauty of the prairie, Red Cloud offers a glimpse into a storied American past while maintaining a progressive vision for the future. Willa Cather’s prairie novels introduced the world to the community and have left indelible impressions in the minds of her readers. Yet rich literary history is only one part of this unique town’s present-day draw. Your off-the-beaten path adventure will let you explore a rural lifestyle while also immersing yourself in arts, culture, history, and recreational pursuits.


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Red Cloud Heritage Tourism Development

Community News

June 4, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World-Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — A first lady came to Willa Cather’s hometown Saturday and officially opened a $7 million center...READ MORE...

June 22, 2017

Article written by Matthew Hansen of the Omaha World Herald 

RED CLOUD, Neb. — As a first lady speaks to a packed house in my hometown, as she praises Red Cloud’s most famous...READ MORE...

June 22, 2017

Article written by the Nebraska Community Foundation and published in the Omaha World-Herald 

Earlier this month, former First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the dedication of the...READ MORE...



Red Cloud Elementary School/Football Field
August 17, 2017 to August 19, 2017

Truckin’ Through Nebraska is a fun, hands-on children’s museum experience created for the kids of Nebraska in honor of the 150th anniversary of statehood in 2017. It will provide a unique, entertaining and unforgettable learning experience to thousands of children living in areas of the state without their own children’s museum. 

Artwork of Gwen and Christi Lewis
August 10, 2017 to September 27, 2017

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2017 - 1:15PM TO WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017 - 1:15PM
Red Cloud Opera House Gallery
413 North Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970

We welcome the artistic talents of local Mother/Daughter artists Gwen and Christi Lewis.  This show is titled “Mother and Daughter: One Vision, Two Perspectives” while they are family you will see the individual and unique talents of both artists. 

About Christi

Artist Statement

August 14, 2017 to August 29, 2017

The Red Cloud Area Artists as a part of the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs and the Willa Cather Foundation are pleased to display the “Best of Nebraska,” a statewide traveling art exhibition, on display at the Red Cloud Opera House from August 10th – August 29th. Every year the ANAC state competition selects 25 pieces out of hundreds of entries to be honored by traveling through Nebraska’s galleries. This year was the 53rd annual show.

August 19, 2017

TVCDC will be holding a Burger Bash on Saturday, August 19th from 11am-1pm at Red Cloud Elementary School. Burgers, chips, beans, a bottle of water, and ice cream will be served. It is being held in conjunction with the 3rd day of the Nebraska 150 Mobile Children's Museum that will be set up in the parking lot of the Red Cloud Elementary School.

More details coming soon