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Augustana University's Center for Western Studies - May 1 and 6, 2023

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

Host Joanne Fox interviews Elizabeth Cisar with the Center for Western Studies on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., about two Benedictine priests who cataloged their interactions with Native Americans in that area.

You can listen:

  • Monday, May 1 at 9 a.m. or Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m., on Siouxland Catholic Radio 88.1 FM;

  • On-demand by clicking on this text; or

  • Various podcasting platforms thanks to Mary's Choice, a Sioux City Pregnancy Resource Center.

NEW: Augustana University and the Center for Western Studies announced the details of the Boe Forum on Public Affairs. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway and director-general of the World Health Organization, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, March 14. More information can be found at

Here's a selection of images provided by Elizabeth Cizar about the Blue Cloud Abbey - AICRC Collection at the Center for Western Studies.

Three varying shots of the Froiland Plains Indian Gallery portion of our "Voices of the Northern Plains" exhibit. Many of the artifacts in the central case come from the Blue Cloud Abbey - American Indian Culture Research Center Collection (top row, left to right).

  • Portrait of Father Ambrose Mattingly (1865-1941) (middle row, left)

  • Portrait of Father Stan Maudlin (1916-2006) standing outside Blue Cloud Abbey (founded in 1950, closed in 2012, now run as Abbey of the Hills retreat center) (middle row, middle)

  • An example of one of Father Mattingly's glass plate negatives after the digital restoration work performed by USGS EROS staff (middle row, right)

  • Impressions of Tribal Life cover. This was not included in this interview. "In 2007, we collaborated with Eastman Kodak Co. on this book publication highlighting Mattingly's photography. Copies are available for sale in the CWS Gift Shop," Elizabeth concluded. (bottom row)

Elizabeth also provided the link to the digital collections site where people can view additional items from the Blue Cloud Abbey Collection (

This show originally aired on January 9 and 14, 2023.

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