ALERTS

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

COVID-19

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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Willa Cather Childhood Home

Willa Cather Childhood Home

Attraction Information
Tour the Childhood Home by itself or as part of a 3-building or 7-building tour.
Contact the Willa Cather Foundation for more information
Phone: 402-746-2653

The Childhood Home, the treasure of our restored buildings, contains many family artifacts including furniture, canned goods, prints and artwork, and family photographs and books. Grandma Boak's room is exactly as described in "Old Mrs. Harris." Upstairs, a "story within itself," is young Willa's (and Thea Kronborg's in The Song of the Lark) small attic bedroom; Willa wallpapered this room herself, taking the wallpaper as pay for her work at Dr. Cook's drug store. The same rose-covered wallpaper is there today.

The Childhood Home was donated to the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and lovingly restored by Dr. Wilbur Bennett and his wife, Mildred Bennett, who founded the WCPM. Later, that organization would become the Willa Cather Foundation. The Childhood Home is managed by the Willa Cather Foundation and maintained by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Contact Name
Ashley Olson
Address
241 N. Cedar St.
Red Cloud, NE 68970