RED CLOUD — With help from its national honorary campaign chairman, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the Willa Cather Foundation announced Tuesday its plans to build the National Willa Cather Center, a public museum, archive, and arts and cultural center.
“The center will have something for everyone,” Burns said in a 5-minute video announcing a fundraising campaign for the National Willa Cather Center. “As an archive and museum, it will become the permanent home to some of Willa Cather’s most personal treasures, items made famous in her stories, and artwork inspired by her vision of the prairie. For scholars, it will be a chance to explore, firsthand, some of her most insightful original works and papers.”
The Willa Cather Foundation has announced the facility, which will occupy Red Cloud’s historic “Moon Block” building following a restoration of the 1886 structure. It will provide almost 20,000 square feet of space that includes a public museum, state-of-the art archive, research center, classroom, expanded bookstore and art gallery, dressing rooms and backstage facilities for the Red Cloud Opera House, street-level retail space, and three residences to house visitors.
Tom Gallagher, Willa Cather Foundation board president, said the vision for the National Willa Cather Center was created more than a decade ago.