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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

September 7, 2021


Launched in 2020, the September Month of Giving campaign affords the Red Cloud Community Fund (RCCF) the opportunity to give back to the community almost immediately. Funds raised...READ MORE...

August 31, 2021

Learn more about the Red Cloud Community Fund's September Month of Giving, Juan's Bar & Grill, Farmers & Merchants Banquet, Lynn Wolfe, the Hotel Garber/SCSB Challenge and much more!...READ MORE...



7pm at the Red Cloud Opera House!
October 15, 2021

Playing songs from the 1940s to the 21st century, Blue Plate Special is a band for music fans with a hearty appetite. Using their distinctive sound, the band presents a variety of musical genres and styles including pop, classic rock, country, blues, and jazz. Their songs, whether covers or originals, give the audience a feeling for American Roots music, music that sounds our history of American memories. The four-piece piece band creates a distinctive sound through their use of guitars, bass, percussion, horns, keyboard, and their remarkable vocal harmonies. 

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
September 23, 2021 to October 30, 2021

Brother and sister duo Kathleen Lohr and Rick Rasmussen present a unique view of Central Nebraska through portraiture and picture in Plain Views: Pastel and Photography. Based on the homestead photographs of Solomon Butcher, Lohr’s portraits of women and children seek to portray the stark existence of early Nebraska settlers as well as reveal the deep-rooted character traits that allowed them to persevere under such harsh conditions. The stories of these Nebraska settlers are echoed in the enduring novels of Willa Cather.

Heritage Highway 136
October 01, 2021 to October 03, 2021

More details coming soon! Garage sales and antiques on sale from Haigler to Brownville! 

National Willa Cather Center
October 28, 2021

Join us for a fascinating book and film discussion with Dr. Will Thomas, Michael Burton, and Dr. Kwakiutl Dreher as they share their collaborative process in making the short film Anna and the upcoming documentary The Bell Affair. These film projects connect to Thomas' recent book, A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War, an award-winning account of the legal strategies used by enslaved people to gain freedom from slave holders.