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...

January 31, 2024

Learn more about a special opportunity to get the Hardwick Park project funded, find out who won Business of the Year at the 74th Farmers & Merchants Banquet, learn a bit about 3 new Red Cloud...READ MORE...

December 26, 2023

2023 was a busy year in Red Cloud with the downtown landscaping literally transforming due  various construction projects (but especially the Hotel Garber getting its 3rd floor back...READ MORE...



5pm to 10pm @Red Cloud Community Center
February 24, 2024

Compete with friends, family members, and people from the community for the coveted title of best chili and best soup. The cookoff will benefit the RC Booster Club who will use the funds to help with school related activities. See the flyer below for more details:

January 26, 2024 to March 16, 2024

Over the past ten years, acclaimed artist Judy Gelles has interviewed and photographed more than 300 fourth-grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, England, India, Israel, Italy, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, South Africa, Dubai, South Korea, and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all of the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?

@Red Cloud Opera House Art Gallery
February 28, 2024 to March 27, 2024

Wednesday, Feb 28 - Wednesday, Mar 27, 2024 | All day

The Red Cloud Opera House and the Red Cloud Area Artists Club will once again be hosting the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs Award of Excellence traveling show, February 28 to March 27, 2024. 

3pm to 6pm @Farmers & Merchants Bank (338 N. Webster St)
March 01, 2024

We are excited to welcome guests to the opening of our newest permanent exhibit, Making a Place: A Long History of Red Cloud, on March 1, 2024!  As we celebrate Nebraska's Statehood Day, we hope you will join us to dig into the history of the Red Cloud area, from its earliest inhabitants to today. The exhibit will be open free of charge from 3:00 pm. to 6:00 p.m., with light refreshments served.