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

August 8, 2022

by Tulsa Kinney/Artillery Magazine 

When I first encountered Tim Youd, he was sitting at a metal table outside an art gallery in Chinatown, tap-tap-tapping away on a portable...READ MORE...

August 8, 2022

Plans to rehabilitate the historic Potter Block in Red Cloud into a charming boutique hotel and event space have reached significant fundraising milestones in recent weeks. News of a $2.3 million...READ MORE...

August 8, 2022

The Willa Cather Childhood Home is a national treasure, one of only twenty-two National Historic Landmarks in Nebraska and the site most closely associated with the life and literature of one of...READ MORE...



@Guide Rock
August 14, 2022

$1500 Added Open , Futurity and Derby, Youth and Senior Barrel Race

Hosted by LHR Horse & Cattle Company 

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
August 17, 2022 to October 15, 2022

For artist Paula Wallace, the surest remedy from the worries of the world is a trip outside. Away from the clamor and clutter of the city, the vast dome of heaven and the crisp length of horizon give a sense of scale. 

Inspired by Mary Oliver's poem Some Things the World Gave, Wallace's oil paintings are like a prayer of gratitude for the beauty of the world and the wonder of it all. 

Times in the morning early
when it rained and the long gray
buildings came forward from darkness
offering their windows for light.

Virtual (hosted by the National Willa Cather Center)
August 18, 2022

Kick off the new school year with what is sure to be a lively poetry reading with Nebraska Poet Laureate Matt Mason. Mason will share poetry from his most recent collection, At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife, and Churros, and he will also share the virtual stage with the 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate! Stay tuned for an announcement about this year's youth poet laureate winner. Register for the event here.

5pm @Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
August 26, 2022

We invite you to join us for a reception with artist Paula Wallace on Friday, August 26, at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist as you view the exhibition in our gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

Inspired by Mary Oliver's poem "Some Things the World Gave," Wallace's oil paintings are like a prayer of gratitude for the beauty of the world and the wonder of it all. 

The Wonder of it All will be on view in the Red Cloud Opera House Gallery from August 17 to October 15, 2022.