Willa Cather's Wallpaper Ornament

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While it is our official 2023 National Willa Cather Center ornament, it doesn't have to be the holidays to enjoy this beautiful and decorative porcelain delight! It is packaged in a sturdy and decorative box—perfect for giving. Collect all of our Willa Wallpaper products!

Willa Cather chose this rose-patterned wallpaper for her attic bedroom at Dr. Henry Cook’s drugstore where she worked as a teenager. In The Song of the Lark, Cather described the papered room as “a sunny cave, with roses running all over the roof" and years later referenced it as her "rose-bower" in a letter to her brother Roscoe. The precious and original late nineteenth century Victoria floral paper still adorns the cozy attic space where Cather wrote, dreamt, and imagined in a room all her own. 

The Willa Cather Childhood Home, a National Historic Landmark, was fully restored in 2022-23 and reopened for guided tours on Willa Cather's 150th birthday on December 7, 2023. The last phase of this important project is the conservation of the original wallpaper in March-April 2024 by a team from the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Purchases of our wallpaper-inspired products help benefit the conservation of the original "rose-bower" wallpaper in Willa Cather's attic bedroom at the Willa Cather Childhood Home.

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