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

January 31, 2023

Review some of the January 2023 highlights including the annual Farmers & Merchants Banquet, Oustanding Business of the Year Award Winner, First Dollar of Business recipients, news on the...READ MORE...

January 23, 2023

Please complete this brief survey to help a prospective fitness instructor gauge interest in classes offered in Red Cloud. Answers are confidential. Thank you for your...READ MORE...

December 27, 2022

2022 was a busy year in Red Cloud with lots of change happening and plans for future changes being made. While we do not have enough space to adequately honor every achievement and...READ MORE...



7:30pm @Red Cloud Opera House
February 03, 2023

Joseph Hall is back for another, hip swiveling tribute to the one and only Elvis Presley! Join us for a night that promises to be a rockin' good time complete with covers of the King's most beloved songs and nods to his memorable stage costumes. You won't want to miss this charismatic perfomer's show!

Programming at the National Willa Cather Center's Red Cloud Opera House is made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

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@Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
January 30, 2023 to March 11, 2023

Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints presents seventeen works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large quilts.”

7pm @ On the Brix
February 11, 2023

An acoustic band for all of your easy listening, informal occasions. Contact Ana at On the Brix for more information! 

7pm via Zoom
February 16, 2023

Join the National Willa Cather Center for an evening with writer Ladette Randolph as she discusses her novel Private Way. Set in 2015, protagonist Vivi Marx winds up off the grid in Nebraska in order to escape professional and personal turmoil, and as a result seeks solace from Willa Cather's novels. Register for the event here to enjoy a conversation about contemporary Nebraska fiction, Willa Cather, and pie. You can register for the event here and order your copy of the novel here.