About the Sioux City LCIC
The Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center form a nearly 20,000-square-foot private, non-profit, cultural complex, built and maintained by MRHD. Joined by the symbolic Crossroads, these two parts create a Missouri Riverfront home for exhibits, programs and activities that explore how we live together as diverse people; and how we care for our land, our great river and other natural resources.
The Sioux City Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center features permanent exhibits about the Corps of Discovery’s time in the present-day Sioux City area, from late July to early September 1804. These exhibits showcase important events, such as the death of Sergeant Charles Floyd, interactive expedition operations, traditional Native games, the community effort that resulted in the Floyd Monument, DVD presentations in the Keelboat theatre and a 14-feet tall statue depicting Lewis, Clark, and Seaman, Lewis’s dog.
The mission of the Betty Strong Encounter Center is “commemorating a history of encounters” that occurred before and after the expedition. Within the 10,000-square-foot center are photo and art exhibitions, diverse activities, an amphitheater, areas for outdoor games and events, and an enclosed pathway called The River Connection, where visitors can view maps and images of the Missouri River. The Stanley Evans Auditorium hosts lectures, music and theatre programs, movies and panel discussions.
The two centers are connected by The Crossroads, a place of reflection and a symbol of hope for dialogue, understanding and peace among all people who make their home in the region. The symbol is comprised of four colors forming a circle over a compass. The four colors represent the Native American peoples that lived in this area long before Lewis and Clark came along, while the compass refers to those who came after, including explorers, and immigrants who continue to come here from every part of the world.
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