The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) has debuted its virtual exhibit of the life of Winthrop Rockefeller. The exhibitâ€™s digitized collection includes photographs, documents, and audio and video clips related to his entire life, including his governorship, as well as a searchable digital repository.
The exhibitâ€™s design was inspired by historical viewpoints of Rockefellerâ€™s work in several key areas, such as civil rights and social justice, industry and agriculture, and education. A selection of digitized photographs, documents, and audio and video clips is available in the exhibitâ€™s media gallery.
Visitors can also take a photo tour of his life via pictures from the collection using Historypin, a service that works with Google Maps.Â Historypin allows users to view photographs and geographical locations where pertinent events in Rockefellerâ€™s life occurred.
â€śThis exhibit combines cutting-edge technology with history,â€ť said Dr. Deborah Baldwin, associate provost of CAHC and dean of the UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. â€śIt is a thorough collection of Rockefellerâ€™s governorship and accomplishments that is readily available for the public to view.â€ť
This virtual exhibit is a part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial Celebration. Over the next year, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Central Arkansas Library System, and the Arkansas Arts Center will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Winthrop Rockefellerâ€™s birth by reaching out from Petit Jean Mountain, the home he created in his adopted state, to the rest of Arkansas and the United States. This Centennial Celebration will offer a variety of programs related to Rockefellerâ€™s legacy.
A partner in this encompassing project, the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture is housed in the Arkansas Studies Institute, the stateâ€™s largest facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas history and culture. Through its connection to the university, the archives benefit from the rigorous scholarship of our faculty, creating a valuable resource for students, researchers, stakeholders, and the general public.