The Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center The Betty Strong Encounter Center The Crossroads and Our Mission Link to The Interpretive Center Link to The Encounter Center
The Betty Strong Encounter Center connects to the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center to serve a permanent mission of "commemorating a history of encounters" that occurred before and after the expedition. It hosts free photo and art exhibitions, and offers free programs, events and activities that explore themes of the land, rivers and people of the region. Themes are as diverse as agriculture, Mighty Mo fishing, heritage food and music, and Native Games days.

The 10,000-square foot Encounter Center features galleries, an activity room, restrooms, an amphitheatre and areas for outdoor games and events. The Stanley Evans Auditorium hosts lectures, music and theatre programs, movies and panel discussions. An enclosed pathway known as "The River Connection" invites visitors to encounter maps and images of the Missouri River.

The annual exhibition of St. Augustine Indian Mission portraits, photographed by Fr. Don Doll, S.J., is dedicated to the memory of Betty Strong who believed that every child has something beautiful to give to our world. St. Augustine is located 22 miles south of Sioux City on the Winnebago Reservation.
Fr. Don DollDon Doll, S.J., is Professor of Photojournalism at Creighton University, Omaha, where he holds the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair. He has received the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism in recognition of his work with Native people. He also has received the Nikon "World Understanding through Photography" award. He was named the 2006 Nebraska Artist of the Year by the Nebraska Arts Council. Fr. Doll is the Center's photo consultant. (Richard Olsenius photo)
Calendar of Events Title
2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 28
"Never Forgotten: The History
of Sioux City's Calvary Cemetery
with Walter Peterson
Wednesday, June 7
"SUMMERTIME FUN FOR KIDS"
Hands-on Learning Series
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2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 4
"Hymns and Herds" A Year
in the Life of an Iowa Pioneer Family
presented by Dr. Tom Morain
2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 11
"The United States and World War I"
Part two of a three-part WWI series
presented by Dr. Don Hickey
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events