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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Red Cloud Tourism and Commerce

Community News

October 6, 2021

Red Cloud Animal Health wins Business of the Year!, Red Cloud Community Foundation's September Month of Giving exceeds $20K fundraising goal, Get to Know Alise Perault, RCHS Homecoming and much...READ MORE...

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...

 

Events

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
October 19, 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.

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.

Downtown Red Cloud
October 29, 2021

4pm

The Red Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce's annual children's Halloween Parade will be held throughout downtown Red Cloud and the Webster County Courthouse on Friday, October 29th. Participation is FREE and everyone is welcome to wear their costumes and join the parade! 

The time of this event may change based on the D-6 High School Football Schedule. See details in the flyer below:

National Willa Cather Center
November 04, 2021

We are excited to welcome Dr. Rebecca Faber to talk about her book, One Small Photo, a collection of poetry and one short story that was written to raise awareness about veterans' mental health. Dr. Faber will also share details about a new research project focused on her uncle, who was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II. This event is perfect for anyone interested in military history as well as veterans' issues. Register for the event here.