Webster County is under a Directed Health Measure until at least May 12th * The RCHS Alumni Banquet has been cancelled * Red Cloud Community Schools will be closed until further notice. School buildings are closed to the public and to students through May 31st *City of Red Cloud offices are closed to the public and the Community Center is closed as well until at least May 12th * The National Willa Cather Center is closed and all educational and Opera House programming has been canceled or postponed through the end of May * On the Brix Tasting Room reopened on March 27th but will have limited service options * Webster County Offices will have limited access and the courthouse building will be locked * The Village of Guide Rock offices will be closed to the public indefinitely * Starke Round Barn is closed indefinitely for tours and to drive-by/drop-in visitors * Webster County Community Hospital's ER entrance is locked--please use the main entrance * Webster County Historical Museum is closed indefinitely * The Palace Lounge & Steakhouse will be closed through April 3rd * The Auld Public Library is closed until further notice * Village Pharmacy is open but only doing delivery and curbside pickup


The South Heartland District Health Department area (Webster, Nuckolls, Clay, and Adams Counties in Nebraska) has reported at least 6 positive cases of COVID-19, 3 of which are believed to be community spread. This means that Webster County is under a directed health measure until at least May 12th. A directed health measure means restaurants and bars can only do takeout, curbside or delivery and that there is now an enforceable order limiting gatherings to 10 people or less. As of 6:30pm on Wednesday, April 1st Nebraska has 214 cases and 5 deaths. Kansas has 482 cases and 10 deaths. Kansas is also under a stay at home directive while 41 counties in Nebraska (including Webster) are under a directed health measure. Travel to Red Cloud for anything other than work is not recommended at this time. We will update this page daily.

Due to heightened concerns surrounding COVID-19, the City of Red Cloud is taking precautions to best protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community. Effective immediately, the City Hall and the Community Center will be closed through at least April 7th.

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Community Overview, by Nebraska Rural Living

Red Cloud’s place is unique in American and Nebraska history. Celebrated author, Willa Cather’s best-known work, My Antonia, was inspired by the town, the land and the hardy pioneers in Webster County. Red Cloud’s strong literary heritage is juxtaposed with a hunting and farming culture, a theme woven into many of her stories. This short video shows scenes from the town of Red Cloud, Nebraska.

The Willa Cather Center Through My Eyes

Willa Cather Foundation Executive Director talks about The National Willa Cather Center in this promotional spot for the Nebraska Tourism Commission.

National Willa Cather Center Through My Eyes from Willa Cather Foundation on Vimeo.


2017 Good Living Tour at the Starke Round Barn

Check out some footage of Red Cloud, the Cather Center, and the Starke Round Barn from Hear Nebraska

Experience Red Cloud, by Hear Nebraska

Through support from the Center for Rural Affairs, we interviewed young residents in Greater Nebraska to hear what makes their community a distinctly attractive place to live, work and play. This and other Experience Nebraska videos were shot and produced in June 2016, part of the Good Living Tour storytelling project, made possible by Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska. This video features Red Cloud locals Lisa Mahin, Jarrod McCartney, and Ashley Olson talking about what makes Red Cloud an attractive place for young professionals. 


The Valley Child Development Center (Short) 

The mission of The Valley Child Development Center is to provide exceptional child development services to families of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas by operating a high-quality center that is safe, affordable, and reliable.


Ron Hull Remembers: Willa Cather

NET has celebrated the life and literature of Willa Cather in several productions. In the 1960s, Mildred Bennett, author of "The World of Willa Cather," interviewed Carrie Miner Sherwood, Cather's friend from childhood. In the 1970s, NET presented Willa Cather Remembered, in which host and narrator by Ron Hull takes the viewer on a tour of Cather's home of Red Cloud, Nebraska.  


"Yours, Willa Cather" by NETNebraska

"Yours, Willa Cather" is a 30-minute documentary inspired by the recently published Selected Letters of Willa Cather, edited by Andy Jewell and Janis Stout. In "Yours, Willa Cather" we meet the woman who confesses to a friend that she is "paralyzed" by the open spaces of the West. Who is so bored with her job as editor of McClure's that she compares it to living in a "tepid bath." Who believes her boss when he tells her she has no talent as a writer. Who writes to F. Scott Fitzgerald, "After all, the only thing one can tell about beauty, is just how hard one was hit by it. Isn't that so?" 

In Yours Willa Cather we hear a voice very different from the polished and controlled voice of Willa Cather the novelist. Instead we meet a person who is vulnerable, funny and at times, ruthless. A fascinating woman who thoroughly mastered the art of letter writing. 

Nebraska born actress Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach) is the voice of Willa Cather. Author and actor Christopher Cartmill is the narrator.

Investing in Hometown Heritage

Acclaimed author Willa Cather grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska and based many of her characters on real people she encountered in her youth. Today Red Cloud is using philanthropy as a means to invest in the Willa Cather heritage as an important hometown asset.


The Valley Child Development Center (Long)

The mission of The Valley Child Development Center is to provide exceptional child development services to families of Red Cloud, Nebraska, and the surrounding areas by operating a high-quality center that is safe, affordable, and reliable.