Our family's return to Czechoslovakia after the 1989 Velvet Revolution was inspired by the seismic world events of that remarkable November.
The call of our lost heritage was urgent and compelling, as was the chance to participate directly in the historic changes taking place in what had been our ancestral home for nearly seven centuries. This was made possible in part by the passage of a series of restitution laws under the inspired leadership of President Vaclav Havel soon after our return in 1990.
Since that moment, we have been fully committed to our dual goals: to restore the family's cultural heritage through the restitution process (an effort now successfully complete) and to make the Lobkowicz Collections and properties available for public enjoyment and scholarly enrichment.
The injustices endured by the confiscations under the Nazi and communist regimes are behind us. We feel very strongly that our family owes future generations our uncompromising efforts to carry out our mission. From the very beginning, we have characterized our role as managers and custodians of the Collections, establishing non-profit entities to enhance our efforts. As managers, we created concepts, business plans and organizational structures to establish physical and financial foundations for support. As custodians, we developed programming and exhibitions, membership programs and friends organizations to be our pillars in all aspects of educational and cultural outreach.
We feel we have an unprecedented, historical opportunity. Rather than just preserving, we are actively transforming the Collections into an expanded, dynamic and contextual cultural heritage. Through creative stewardship, spirited public-private partnerships and visionary benefactors, we believe we can deliver a truly inspiring connection and lasting contribution to world culture and a civil society. The culmination of our efforts will be to establish The Lobkowicz Library & Study Center and Dvořák House & Music Academy at Nelahozeves Castle.
We encourage you to join us on this journey by supporting the initiatives, projects and programs of the Lobkowicz Collections.
Alexandra and William Lobkowicz