Red Cloud offers glimpse into Cather childhood

Published: May. 17, 2019 at 9:52 AM CDT
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Nebraskans with an interest in the life and times of Willa Cather can get a tour of the famous author's childhood home.

Willa Cather is Nebraska's Pulitzer Prize-winning author. She lived in her childhood home in Red Cloud from 1884 to 1890 when she left to go to college. "This is a registered national historic landmark," National Willa Cather Foundation representative Tracy Tucker said. "This house has been preserved and open to the public since the late 1960's for tours."

Tucker says some of Cather's famous books are "My Antonia", "Death Comes for the Archbishop", and she won the Pulitzer Prize for a novel called "One of Ours." Tucker says her writing style is both spare and lyrical, and is known for great imagery. "Her stories are powerful, and are centered in Red Cloud. Six of her novels were set right here in town," Tucker said.

When people come to the childhood home, people will see the parlor, which is mentioned in the book "Song of the Lark". Visitors will also see many artifacts from the Cather family. The house is staged in the way the Cather's would have lived in it. Guests can walk past the dining room, the kitchen, and finally they can walk up to the attic where they are able to view Willa Cather's childhood room and where her brothers and sisters slept.

You are encouraged to come to the National Willa Cather Center in downtown Red Cloud, where you can get set up for a tour of the house, and the other attractions in town.

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