Robert Oliver descends from generations of native Texans. Raised in Refugio, Texas, he now resides in Cuero. A graduate of The University of Texas, he has a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
He has served as board member and chairman of the Cuero Heritage Museum, as well as a board member of the Texas Independence Trail Region. He currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Governor’s Mansion and is a member of Preservation Texas and the Texas Association of Museums Council.
Robert Oliver has dedicated his time to founding the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, which houses one of the finest international collections of cowboy objects in the world. Preservation awards won under his chairmanship include the 2014 Texas Association of Museums’ prestigious President’s Award; the 2013 Texas Downtown Association “Best Restoration/Rehabilitation” award for the Knights of Pythias Hall; and the 2012 Preservation Texas Honor award for “Special Recognition” for the Knights of Pythias Hall. Oliver has been chairman of the Museum since 2000.