Last weekend I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Willa Cather Foundation (WCF). The WCF’s headquarters is located in Red Cloud, Nebraska. I live in Connecticut. If I lived closer I’d regularly volunteer in some capacity, so when the call came out for volunteers in the Greater New York City area, I jumped on it.
Why was the WCF in New York? The Empire State Center for the Book is sponsoring a pop-up location on Governors Island, which is just off the tip of Manhattan. Each weekend a different author organization or literary group has set up shop to talk with visitors about their mission.
Willa Cather is so deeply associated with Nebraska that many people don’t know that she lived most of her adult life in New York City. In 2011 Cather was inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame (which was established in 2010 by the Empire State Center for the Book) and so the WCF was invited to host a weekend at the pop-up.
I had such a fun time meeting folks from the WCF and talking with them and all the visitors who stopped by. Here are some photos from the weekend.
I hope you enjoyed this brief recap of Cather Weekend on Governors Island. It’s an amazing place to visit and I hope you have a chance to make it there. I also hope you check out Cather’s work.