Last updated: 1/23/2012
Red Cloud, Nebraska
Street Address
413 N Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
Mailing Address
413 N Webster Street
Red Cloud, NE 68970
phone: 402-746-2653
fax: 402-746-2652
e-mail: info@willacather.org
web: www.WillaCather.org
Hours
Summer Hours
April 1st to September 30th
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday1 PM - 5 PM
Winter Hours
October 1st to March 31st
Monday - Friday8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday9 AM - 1 PM
Sundayclosed
Admissions
Free
7-building tour: $15
3-building tour: $10
Staff
Ashley Olson, Associate Executive Director
Leslie C. Levy, JD, Executive Director
History

The Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Foundation (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 Willa 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 Willa 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 Willa 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 Willa 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 Willa Cather Foundation owns and manages the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie, a 608-acre tract of unbroken prairie located five miles from Red Cloud.

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