Welcome to Historic Red Cloud: Great Stories Grow Here!

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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Community News

May 26, 2023

by History Nebraska

History Nebraska has announced the recipients of the Rural Nebraska Historic Preservation (RNHP) grant, which assists owners of National Register of Historic...READ MORE...

May 26, 2023

from Nebraska Public Media

Connie Miner was coming of age when Title IX became law in 1972. Organized women’s sports were limited while Miner was in high...READ MORE...

April 24, 2023

The Rasser Family is pleased to announce the inaugural Starke Round Barn Art Showcase which will take place Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th at the Historic Starke Round Barn 4.5...READ MORE...



May 26, 2023 to May 29, 2023

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Come back home May 26-29 and you will find plenty of things to do and see in Red Cloud!

Friday, May 26th

  • Shop local businesses and visit with old friends and classmates
  • Starke Round Barn Art Showcase (5pm to 8pm)

Saturday, May 27th

Complex & Brilliant: Willa Cather at 150
June 01, 2023 to June 03, 2023

The 68th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference, held during Willa Cather's sesquicentennial year, provides an opportunity to pay homage to the author's life and legacy here in Nebraska. Just as Cather wrote about the "certain qualities of feeling and imagination" possessed by Nebraska's early immigrant homesteaders in her essay, "Nebraska: The End of the First Cycle," we will commemorate Cather's 150th birthday by examining the evolution of her own writerly imagination.

@Burlington Depot
May 23, 2023 to August 19, 2023

We are delighted to bring a special exhibition by Hastings artist Betty Kort to the newly restored Burlington Depot! The Ties That Bind draws on the artist's generational ties to the land—a story that is nearly universal on the Plains.

@Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
May 26, 2023 to July 15, 2023

The 2023 Spring Conference in Red Cloud will be a celebration of 150 years of Willa Cather’s life and work. As part of that celebration, we will recognize the 100th publication anniversary of one of her greatest novels: A Lost Lady. In conjunction, we will host an invitational exhibit,Visions Seen in the Air, which will feature the work of well-known national and regional artists and be on exhibit in our Red Cloud Opera House gallery from May 16 to July 15, 2023. An artists’ reception will be held during our Spring Conference, June 2, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.