Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City

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The Crossroads

“The Crossroads” connects the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the Betty Strong Encounter Center. It is 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 Crossroads” comprises two elements: four colors (black, white, red and blue) arranged in a circle over a compass. The four colors represent Native peoples who lived in this region long before Lewis & Clark arrived in 1804. The compass refers to those who came after, including explorers and immigrants who continue to come here from every part of the world.

“The Crossroads” is the result of collaboration between Cannon Moss Brygger & Associates architects and Raymond A. Bucko, S.J., Director of Native American Studies at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska.

Cannon Moss Brygger designed the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the adjoining Betty Strong Encounter Center. Fr. Bucko is the Center’s cultural outreach advisor.

The Crossroads message is illuminated by the poem, “The Sign of the Cross,” by J. Janda.
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  • My kids 12 & 10 didn’t know about the Lewis and Clark expedition. This was a great stop and introduction! A lot of information, interactive displays, and it’s free!  more »
  • What a gem of a place. This museum is well kept with alot of interactive items for the kids. Beautiful sculptures outside and a very detailed history of the Lewis and Clark expedition. If you are...  more »
  • Wonderful museum! We enjoyed the interactive exhibits, really we just played with a bunch of them. The staff was outgoing and fun to interact with during our visit. This was a great history refresher for me and I would recommend this museum to everybody, especially those with children as the displays are fun!
  • Nicely done displays including animatronics, photos and interactive activities. The grounds are beautiful. Also on the grounds is a Visitors Center that was an old river boat. The displays in both areas focus on the Lewis and Clark expedition as it touches on Iowa. No cost at either place.
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