American novelist Willa Cather, born in 1873, captivated readers with her vivid descriptions of life on the American frontier in works like My Ántonia and O Pioneers! The Willa Cather Foundation, located in her hometown of Red Cloud, Nebraska, has been educating the public about Cather’s life and work for over fifty years. Since 1998, grants from the NEH have allowed the foundation to expand its facilities and public programming, having an outsized impact on the rural town of 1,000. In 2020, an NEH CARES grant helped the foundation expand its reach by focusing on digital offerings while supporting staff salaries.
–Ashley Olson, executive director of the Willa Cather Foundation