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

June 12, 2023

by Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine

Great Plains novelist Willa Cather grew up in Red Cloud, and this year the small Nebraska town is celebrating the 150th anniversary of her...READ MORE...

May 28, 2024

RED CLOUD—The Red Cloud Community Fund (RCCF) is pleased to announce its 2024 traditional scholarship winners. Addie Minnick received the Red Cloud Community Fund scholarship and will attend...READ MORE...

May 6, 2024

Learn more abouth RCHS Alumni Weekend * Webster County Community Hospital and Red Cloud Community Fund join forces to raise $750,000 for the Heritage of Webster County Nursing Home * Hardwick Park...READ MORE...



@Red Cloud Country Club
June 01, 2024

9am start. $200 prepaid entries. See the flyer below for more information. Be sure to contact the Red Cloud Golf Club before arranging your plans. 



The National Willa Cather Conference
June 06, 2024 to June 08, 2024

Our 69th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference will celebrate Willa Cather and reading. Cather herself was an avid reader as well as a writer; she enjoyed sharing her book recommendations with friends, and she was pleased by hearing the comments of her own readers. From an early age, she established her “library,” with her books labeled and sometimes numbered in the back room of her father’s office.

@Red Cloud Country Club
June 06, 2024 to June 07, 2024

The Kids Clinic starts at 9am on June 6th and the The Kids Tournament will be held on June 7th and will also start at 9am. A meal will be provided. See the flyer below for more information


7pm @ Red Cloud Opera House Auditorium
June 07, 2024

We are pleased to announce that Kali Fajardo-Anstine will join us for an invited lecture on Cather and the reader experience.