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Rockefeller Legacy Exhibit Opens at WVU & Online

Rockefeller as governor

A new exhibit has opened at West Virginia University chronicling the legacy of former Senator Jay Rockefeller.

The West Virginia and Regional History Center opened the Rockefeller exhibit Tuesday. Titled, ‘Jay Rockefeller: A Legacy of Leadership,’ it’s located in Wise Library’s Rockefeller Gallery on the Morgantown campus of West Virginia University. Much of the content is also available online.

The exhibit includes memorabilia from Senator Rockefeller’s early years in West Virginia, his election to the United States Senate, and some of his many accomplishments during his long career as a U.S. senator.

Also available are the Rockefeller Legacy Memos, a collection of 12 memos detailing the senator’s work in health care reform; West Virginia’s jobs, economy and industry; children, families and education; and veterans’ affairs.

In 2014, the university announced its library would serve as Rockefeller’s official senatorial archive. That same day, WVU President Gordon Gee also announced the creation of a school in the Senator’s namesake called the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics. It opened in the fall.