The Willa Cather Foundation, Red Cloud

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#12 of 17 in Historic Sites in Nebraska
The Willa Cather Foundation was founded in 1955, through the efforts of a small group of volunteers in Red Cloud, Nebraska, led by Mildred R. Bennett. Today the Foundation is directed by a thirty-member Board of Governors that includes nationally recognized scholars, teachers, and business and professional people from throughout the United States. The Cather Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding and appreciation of the life, time, settings, and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather.

For the first 20 years of its existence, the Cather Foundation concentrated on preserving and restoring sites important to the life and works of Willa Cather. Today, six of the restored properties are owned by the Nebraska State Historical Society, but managed by the Cather Foundation. These sites are the Garber Bank Building, the Cather Childhood Home, the Grace Episcopal Church, the St. Juliana Catholic Church, the Burlington Depot, and the Pavelka farm, located fourteen miles north of Red Cloud. In addition, the Cather Foundation owns and manages the 1885 Red Cloud Opera House, the Baptist Church, the Harling House, and the Moon Block. Taken together, the Cather Foundation historic site has the largest number of national historic designated buildings devoted to one author in the United States. In addition, the Cather Foundation owns and manages the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, a 608-acre tract of unbroken prairie located five miles from Red Cloud.

The Willa Cather Foundation offices are presently located in the newly restored 1885 Red Cloud Opera House. A bookstore within the Opera House carries all of Cather's works as well as many books written by others about Willa Cather. Art and educational exhibits regularly hang in the gallery, located on the main level of the Opera House. The Willa Cather Foundation is an Affiliate of the American Writers Museum.
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  • July 24, 2017
    The building the foundation sits in was recently renovated. Very nice facility. My only suggestion is that they should have spent some of the money on renovating other properties.  more »
  • June 19, 2017
    We visit Nebraska on a regular basis and try to find new things to do when we are there. We learned about this in the Lincoln paper when Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke at the launch of this multi-...  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    Bring your children and take a walk along side Willa Cather's midwest!! Beautiful building and a fantastic tribute to her novels and life  more »
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  • March 8, 2017
    Had a really nice time staying at the Willa Cather House. Fantastic people! A great reason to visit Red Cloud!
  • May 31, 2017
    Nice museum Beautiful prairie
  • May 12, 2017
    Very educational
  • April 22, 2017
    Nice
  • May 20, 2013
    If one is a Willa Cather fan, this is the place to be. There is a fabulous collection of artifacts on her, a video, and points around Red Cloud that are associated with her books. The volunteers there at the foundation were very accommodating, and ready to answer any questions. Copies of "Oh Pioneer," produced by Hallmark were on hand as well. The Foundation is around the corner from her childhood home, and the town itself is a must see.

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