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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

UALR Center Debuts Virtual Rockefeller Exhibit

UALR’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture (CAHC) debuted its virtual exhibit of the life of Winthrop Rockefeller, the former governor of Arkansas, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

The exhibit’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.

Its design was inspired by historical viewpoints of Rockefeller’s work in several key areas, such as civil rights and social justice, industrial development agriculture, and education. A selection of digitized photographs, documents, and audio and video clips is available in the exhibit’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. Historypin allows users to view photographs and geographical locations where pertinent events in Rockefeller’s life occurred.

“This exhibit combines cutting-edge technology with history,” said Dr. Deborah Baldwin, associate provost of CAHC and dean of the UALR College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “It is a thorough collection of Rockefeller’s governorship and accomplishments that is readily available for the public to view.”

This virtual exhibit is a part of the Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial Celebration. During this anniversary year, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Winrock International, the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust, UALR, the Central Arkansas Library System, and the Arkansas Arts Center are celebrating Winthrop Rockefeller’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. The Centennial Celebration activities offer a variety of programs related to Rockefeller’s legacy.

A partner in this encompassing project, the UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture is housed in the Arkansas Studies Institute, the state’s largest facility dedicated to the study of Arkansas history and culture, which is located in downtown Little Rock. 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.