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Greetings from Historic Red Cloud: Great Stories Grow Here! 

Set amid brick-lined streets, charming homes, historic buildings, and the immense beauty of the prairie, Red Cloud offers a glimpse into a storied American past while maintaining a progressive vision for the future. Great stories start in Red Cloud--add your own chapter today!

Providing for the people and the places we love

Sally and Dennis Hansen’s Red Cloud roots trace back generations starting with Dennis’ great grandmother who homesteaded in Webster County—an act that was practically inconceivable for a woman at the time. Red Cloud has always had an important presence in their lives. They met there as children, attended school together, dated, graduated, and ultimately left to pursue college educations and careers.

But the call to return home was strong, especially as a young married couple dreaming about starting a family and the type of childhood they wanted for their kids. They returned to their hometown to raise two boys—Matthew and Cole.

Learn more about how Dennis & Sally are leaving their legacy in Red Cloud by reading the full story from the Nebraska Community Foundation

The article highlights Dennis & Sally's connections to The Valley Child Development Center but they are also giving back to RC in ways that go beyond what's mentioned in this article (which is impressive enough in its own right!). They are also mentors to young leaders in the community and members of the Red Cloud Community Fund, are currently revitalizing a downtown building, have plans to create a new building downtown, are deeply involved in the Hotel Garber project which will restore yet another downtown building, and are also big time supporters of local small businesses. Dennis & Sally's contributions will help make Red Cloud a great place to stay, visit, and live in for generations to come. 

The YWCA School of Dance will soon have a Red Cloud location in one of the Moon Block retail bays inside of the National Willa Cather Center! Cather Center staff are busily preparing the space. Look for pictures of the work in next month's newsletter along with updated photos of the Burlington Depot, the Pavelka Farmstead, and new signage at the Willa Cather Memorial Prairie! 

The National Willa Cather Center is featured on the 2021 Nebraska Passport Program 

The Nebraska Tourism Commission has announced that the National Wila Cather Center will be one of seventy stops included in the 2021 Nebraska Passport program this year. Nebraskans and tourists travel throughout the state collecting stamps to earn prizes, while also supporting Nebraska’s tourism destinations and local businesses. Travelers will have from May 1 through September 30 to visit the attractions and get their stamps.

Now in its twelfth year, the Nebraska Passport provides significant economic impact for the state and for the communities included in the program. The NWCC has been selected in several past years and is the only Passport stop in the immediate region in 2021. “We are honored to have been selected this year, especially as people are eager to travel again, and perhaps a bit closer to home,” commented Catherine Pond, marketing coordinator. “The Passport program allows us greater exposure within Nebraska’s unique tourism offerings and a special opportunity for our tour guides and front line staff to interact with Passport travelers.”


May 2-8 is national Travel & Tourism week so plan your Red Cloud vacation today at and!!! 

Plans for Alumni Weekend are picking up steam 

After cancelling last year due to a global pandemic, plans are in place to help make up for lost time. We encourage all alumni to come home and  celebrate memories with cherished classmates and friends, regardless of whether or not you are in an honored class. Please submit a registration form right away to Pam Meyer: PO Box 5604, Lincoln, NE 68505. 

The weekend will kickoff on Friday, May 28th at 5pm with a Garden Party hosted by the Red Cloud Community Fund at The Kaley House. At 6:30pm, RCCF leaders will give a 15 minute presentation featuring some of the progress happening in Red Cloud. 

Be sure to sign up now for the Red Cloud Recreation & Health Committee's RC Color Run & 5K which will start at 8am sharp on the morning of Saturday, May 29th. The Red Cloud Athletic Association's annual Putt-Putt Fundraiser will also occur on the 29th with registration beginning at 10:30am and score cards needing to be turned in by 4:30pm. The evening will wind up with the 66th RCHS Alumni Banquet at the Red Cloud Community Center. Social hour will begin at 5pm. Tours of The Valley Child Development Center and the future site of the Hotel Garber will also be available. See the alumni weekend flyer for more details. 

On Sunday, May 30th, be sure to stick around and check out local businesses, many of which are new to the community! Look for a flyer in next month's newsletter and on social media with more details about a "Sunday Fun Day" shopping event throughout downtown Red Cloud. 

Be sure to stop by and visit the Webster County Historical Museum as well as it will have free admission from 1pm to 5pm on both the 29th & 30th. 

Webster County Historical Museum Set to Open May 1st! 

After pausing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Webster County Historical Museum will soon open its doors to the public once again. Director Teresa Young and her staff are eager to welcome visitors and for everyone to see all of the new additions and to finally be able to share Mike McCartney's classic toy collection in the Exhibit building. Click here or on the photo for the Webster County Historical Museum's 2021 Newsletter--which includes information on how you can become a member or have a brick with your name on it on display in the Exhibit building. 

Red Cloud Students Have "Big Ideas" 

Red Cloud was well represented at a recent Young Entrepreneurs event hosted by UNK's Center for Entrepreneurship & Rural Development.

Read the full story from NET to learn more, including details about Callie Minnick's invention which received 2nd place in the contest! Brooks Armstrong and Marissa Hersh were also finalists in the competition. 

King & Queen Crowned at RCHS's 2021 Prom

Corbin Hoit and Cristina Rodriguez were named King & Queen respectively at this year's RCHS prom. This year's prom was held at the Brader Barn near Pauline, NE. Please check out the April 28th, 2021 edition of the Red Cloud Chief for tons of good pictures or check out this video from Red Cloud Community Schools
Red Cloud in the News
Old School Cruise Night
April 30, 2021 
Spring Shopping Extravaganza
May 1, 2021 
Garden Party at The Kaley House
May 28, 2021
Joe & Tay
April 30, 2021
RCHS Class of 2021 Graduation 
May 8, 2021
RCHS Alumni Banquet
May 29, 2021

     Jenny Wickham
Nurse Practitioner (ARPN)
Webster County Community Hospital & Clinic

Click on the photo to learn more about Jenny (pictured in the middle) 
RC Color Run & 5K
organized by the Red Cloud Recreation & Health Committee (RCCF)
May 29, 2021
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Click on the photos for more details!!! 
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Red Cloud Tourism & Commerce
413 N. Webster St. 
Red Cloud, NE 68970 
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Kim Ely, Webster County Community Hospital, Catherine Pond, Dean Jacobs, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Nebraska Educational Television, Rob Olsen, Cindy Cummins, and the Nebraska Community Foundation 

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Check out this picture of The Garber Bank Building (Farmers & Merchants Bank) from the 1970s! If you have any old photos of Red Cloud you'd like to share--from any time before 2000, please send them our way. Send photos to the following address: If you have something you're interested in submitting to a local archive please contact Tracy Tucker at the Willa Cather Foundation or Teresa Young at the Webster County Historical Museum. 
Local children race for treat-filled eggs in the Red Cloud City Park during the annual Red Cloud Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt.