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The Life and Continuing Legacy of Governor Winthrop Rockefeller featuring Dr. John Kirk

August 13 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


We hope you’ll join us on the morning of August 13 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute atop Petit Jean Mountain! Your event ticket includes all programming, lunch, and a hardback copy of Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912-1956.

8:30 – 9:00 – Check-in & book pick-up
9:00 – 12:00 – Conversations & discussions
12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch

Dr. John Kirk, author of Winthrop Rockefeller: From New Yorker to Arkansawyer, 1912-1956, will discuss his findings from the 12 years of research he conducted while writing the biography. Winthrop Rockefeller, a grandson of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller, left New York and moved to Arkansas in 1953. Less than a decade later he would run for governor, but what happened before his move south that resulted in the leader who broke the stranglehold of the one-party system in Arkansas? How does Rockefeller’s time in Arkansas continue to affect the state today?

Dr. Kirk will be in conversation with Rex Nelson, historian and journalist, and Janet Harris, Winthrop Rockefeller Institute Executive Director/CEO. Conversation topics will mirror those in Kirk’s book, including Winthrop Rockefeller’s childhood, education, work in the oil fields, military service, his first marriage, and the birth of his only child, Winthrop Paul Rockefeller. Kirk will sign copies of his book onsite.

Dr. John A. Kirk is the George W. Donaghey Distinguished Professor of History and director of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Kirk’s research focuses on the history of the civil rights movement in the United States, the South, and Arkansas. He has published eight books, five on the civil rights movement in Arkansas, and three on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.

*** The Institute will have some overnight accommodations available on a first come-first served basis for August 12, 2022. To check availability and pay for your accommodations, call The Institute at 501-727-5435


August 13
8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
501 727 5435


University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
2301 S University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204 United States
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