The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute near Morrilton is a treasure for Arkansas. The discussions that take place there add to quality of life whether they are in one of the cooking classes, events like the recent film forum, or an exhibit dealing with politics and culture.
This Saturday, March 17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Institute located on beautiful Petit Jean Mountain you can catch the unveiling of a new permanent exhibit replicating Lt. Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller’s 270 office at the Arkansas State Capitol.
It will consist of his original office furniture and personal items as well as display dealing with his time in office, how he came to be Lt. Governor, his accomplishments, and how his father’s legacy has continued through him and his family.
The late Winthrop Rockefeller was a two-term governor of Arkansas and great philanthropist to the state. His legacy is one of innovation and public policy with an emphasis in arts and education. His vision can be seen today on the land he once farmed atop Petit Jean Mountain, now called Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Rockefeller’s birth. To celebrate, the Institute will offer several events throughout the year, including a reception, an assortment of academic conferences, public forums, art exhibits, and educational programs. This anniversary should encourage reflection not only on the historical significance of the Rockefeller administration, but also on current challenges and opportunities for the state.
The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in partnership with the University of Arkansas System functions primarily as an educational conference center, but also offers a range of programs and activities for participants of diverse backgrounds, interests and perspectives. It is a place for study, a place for policy initiative, a place for continuing education, and a place for recreation and relaxation.
For more information and directions, phone 501-727-5435 or visit the Web site http://www.livethelegacy.org/centennial-celebration/events/view?id=57.