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Willa Cather’s 150th birthday to be celebrated in 2023

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska Examiner) – Acclaimed Nebraska writer Willa Cather, who would have celebrated her 150th birthday in 2023, will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of events.

The National Willa Cather Center will host local and national events for Cather’s 150th birthday and also the 100th anniversary of her Pulitzer Prize for “One of Ours” and the release of “A Lost Lady” and “April Twilights and Other Poems”.

Cather is celebrated, the center explains, for her discovery and use of a “distinctive American language” that included authentic immigration experiences. Novels like “O Pioneers!” and “My Antonia” (published 1913 and 1918) marked the “wellspring” of Cather’s youth in Nebraska.

After winning the Pulitzer Prize, Cather went on to have a successful and prolific career.

“A Voice” of Nebraska History

Ashley Olson, executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation, said it’s important to read and learn about Cather, especially for Nebraskans, because her work has elevated the state.

Cather’s body of work is known nationally and internationally, Olson explained, and people identify Nebraska and Cather’s hometown of Red Cloud with the author.

“I think it’s important that as residents of the state we know our history and culture, and Cather is a voice that can help us learn and study these topics,” Olson said.

Trip to Washington

An event this year will be the unveiling of a statue in Cather’s likeness in the collection of the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol. Cather will join Chief Standing Bear as two Nebraska honorees in Statuary Hall. statue of Cather and replace that of J. Sterling Morton in the hall. Fewer than a dozen women are represented in the collection.

Littleton Alston of Omaha, who created the statue, will also be the first African-American artist to have works represented in the collection.

“As much as it is a celebration of Willa Cather and her incredible legacy, it’s a wonderful connection that an artist from Nebraska has done such an incredible job to represent her in the collection,” Olson said, adding that she is hopeful the statue will be unveiled this week. ‘year .

Further events

Also underway is a major restoration of Cather’s childhood home in Red Cloud, where she lived between the ages of 10 and 16.

According to the Cather Center, this National Historic Landmark is known for its preserved vernacular style and original wallpaper in the Cather’s Attic Bedroom and will reopen to visitors in the second half of 2023.

Other events this year include:

  • Willa Cather’s 68th Annual Spring Lecture – “Complex and Brilliant: Cather at 150” – at Red Cloud, June 1-3.
  • The 18th Willa Cather International Workshop — “Brilliant, Beautiful and Alive: Willa Cather’s New York Intersections” — in New York City, June 21-23.
  • The National Willa Cather Center Teacher Institute – in Red Cloud, July 6-10.
  • A two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Higher Education Faculty event — in Lincoln and Red Cloud, July 16-28.
  • The first Willa Cather Residency Program — at Red Cloud, October 15-29.

The complete list of updated events is available here.

Book clubs and teachers nationwide can explore discussion questions and curriculum support resources, or download the National Willa Cather Center app for virtual tours.

The center is also available to help communities organize speakers or events.

Nebraska Examiner is part of the States Newsroom, a network of grant-supported news bureaus and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Nebraska Examiner maintains editorial independence. Contact editor Cate Folsom with questions: [email protected]. Follow Nebraska Examiner on Facebook and Chirping.

by Zach Wendling, Nebraska examiner, February 18, 2023

LINCOLN – Acclaimed Nebraska writer Willa Cather, who would have celebrated her 150th birthday in 2023, will be celebrated throughout the year with a series of events.

The National Willa Cather Center will host local and national events for Cather’s 150th birthday and also the 100th anniversary of her Pulitzer Prize for “One of Ours” and the release of “A Lost Lady” and “April Twilights and Other Poems”.

Cather is celebrated, the center explains, for her discovery and use of a “distinctive American language” that included authentic immigration experiences. Novels like “O Pioneers!” and “My Antonia” (published 1913 and 1918) marked the “wellspring” of Cather’s youth in Nebraska.

After winning the Pulitzer Prize, Cather went on to have a successful and prolific career.

“A Voice” of Nebraska History

Ashley Olson, executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation, said it’s important to read and learn about Cather, especially for Nebraskans, because her work has elevated the state.

Cather’s body of work is known nationally and internationally, Olson explained, and people identify Nebraska and Cather’s hometown of Red Cloud with the author.

“I think it’s important that as residents of the state we know our history and culture, and Cather is a voice that can help us learn and study these topics,” Olson said.

Trip to Washington

An event this year will be the unveiling of a statue in Cather’s likeness in the collection of the National Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol. Cather will join Chief Standing Bear as two Nebraska honorees in Statuary Hall. statue of Cather and replace that of J. Sterling Morton in the hall. Fewer than a dozen women are represented in the collection.

Littleton Alston of Omaha, who created the statue, will also be the first African-American artist to have works represented in the collection.

“As much as it is a celebration of Willa Cather and her incredible legacy, it’s a wonderful connection that an artist from Nebraska has done such an incredible job to represent her in the collection,” Olson said, adding that she is hopeful the statue will be unveiled this week. ‘year .

Further events

The Willa Cather Childhood Home at Red Cloud, a National Historic Landmark, is expected to reopen later in 2023. (Courtesy of the National Willa Cather Center)

Also underway is a major restoration of Cather’s childhood home in Red Cloud, where she lived between the ages of 10 and 16.

According to the Cather Center, this National Historic Landmark is known for its preserved vernacular style and original wallpaper in the Cather’s Attic Bedroom and will reopen to visitors in the second half of 2023.

Other events this year include:

The 68th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference – “Complex and Brilliant: Cather at 150” – at Red Cloud, June 1-3. The 18th Willa Cather International Workshop – “Bright and Beautiful and Alive: Willa Cather’s New York Intersections” – in York City, June 21-23. The National Willa Cather Center Teacher Institute — in Red Cloud, July 6-10. A two-week National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Higher Education Faculty event — at Lincoln and Red Cloud, July 16-28. The inaugural Willa Cather Residency program — at Red Cloud, October 15-29.

The complete list of updated events is available here.

Book clubs and teachers nationwide can explore discussion questions and curriculum support resources, or download the National Willa Cather Center app for virtual tours.

The center is also available to help communities organize speakers or events.

Nebraska Examiner is part of the States Newsroom, a network of grant-supported news bureaus and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Nebraska Examiner maintains editorial independence. Contact editor Cate Folsom with questions: [email protected]. Follow Nebraska Examiner on Facebook and Chirping.

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