Svoboda Hall

Svoboda Hall

Robert A. Svoboda in Navy uniform

Dedication of the Robert A. Svoboda Exhibit Hall

Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, Fort Missoula, Montana

September 14, 2003

  • Welcome — Tate Jones, Executive Director, RMMMH
  • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Presentation of Honoree
  • Dedication of Hall — M.Y. "Bo" Foster, BG, AUS (Ret.), President, RMMMH
  • Concluding Remarks — Robert A. Svoboda
  • Refreshments

Friends and supporters of the Museum gathered at the Parrish Building to dedicate the former drill hall as the Robert A. Svoboda Exhibition Hall.

Svoboda, a Lewistown native, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then returned to Montana to attend the UM. He met his wife Jean while in Missoula, and then went on to a successful business career in financial services in both Montana and California. He amassed substantial collections of Montana memorabilia and papers from the territorial and early statehood periods, and in 2002 generously donated one of his compilations to the RMMMH. The donation included several original documents from Fort Missoula.

Svoboda and his wife both attended the dedication, where he noted that his last name is a synonym in the Czech language for "Liberty", making it a perfect fit for the tenor of the hall's exhibits. He also expressed the hope that the hall would serve an educational purpose for younger generations.

Photos of Svoboda and samples of his collection are on display next to the Laverne Parrish case.