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

April 30, 2021

Learn more about what Dennis & Sally Hansen are doing to leave their legacy in Red Cloud; get to know Jenny Wickham--Nurse Practitioner at Webster County Community Hospital; check out what's...READ MORE...

April 20, 2021

Red Cloud was well represented at a recent Young Entrepreneurs event hosted by UNK's Center for Entrepreneurship & Rural Development.


April 20, 2021

The Nebraska Tourism Commission has announced that the National Wila Cather Center will be one of seventy stops included in the 2021 Nebraska Passport program this year. Nebraskans and tourists...READ MORE...



May 28, 2021 to May 30, 2021

Mark your calendars now for Alumni Weekend! Check out the flyer below for a full calendar of events! Some events may be subject to change and businesses may be opened on a limited basis. While COVID restrictions have been removed in the state of Nebraska, it is recommended that visitors remain wary. 

Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
May 01, 2021 to June 30, 2021

Memories in Shadow and Light showcases the work of Chicago-based artist Karen Vierneisel. In this exhibition, Vierneisel explores the themes and settings of Cather's novels and the places she knew during her lifetime.

sponsored by the National Willa Cather Center
May 20, 2021

Join us for a fascinating conversation with Dr. James Kimble, whose book, Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II, is the 2021 One Book One Nebraska selection. Dr. Kimble will discuss his research and writing process, as well as how the scrap metal drive impacted the war effort.Ticket holders will receive a Zoom link to the event before the event's start time. Register for the event here.

5pm to 8pm
May 28, 2021

The Red Cloud Community Fund invites you to toast to the future of our Hometown as a guest at its "Garden Party"

Come and connect with your classmates and other RCHS grads and meet up with some Red Cloud residents who are making great things happen. 

Friday, May 28th, 2021, at 909 N Seward Street * 5pm to 8pm

Cocktails & hors d'oeuvres under a tent in the yard at The Kaley House