Welcome to the Regimes Museum Media Room. This section of our web site is intended to serve as an information center that will give you an overview of the Regimes Museum, its members, and its programs. Images provided here are courtesy of the Regimes Museum and may be used for press and media related coverage.
The idea for starting what would become the Regimes Museum began with a bloodstained armband from one of the most notorious regimes in history. With a passion for learning anything and everything about World War II, object collecting began in 2003 in a more personal effort to not just read about war stories but to be surrounded by the material culture that made up that era in history. Although this was not a popular subject to be interested in, Dr. Voss expanded his collection's focus to include authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorships from the World Wars, the Cold War, and those that survived into the 21st century. As the research and quest for archival artifacts expanded, what became evident was that dictatorships were a common phenomenon across the globe and throughout history. This realization ultimately led to questions around why we, as human beings in a well connected world with the finest technological innovations, still have dictatorships and the phenomenon of tyranny. By the end of 2013 Dr. Voss teamed up with a core group early supporters including Ally Rocha, Moe Rock, and Brent Ogden. This team came together to start the education-based nonprofit organization called Regimes Museum to research and learn from the past to help shed a light on crimes of rogue regimes, genocide, wars, human rights issues, and more. The founder and all of the staff and volunteers who are drawn to seek the truth and help spread awareness on these important issues have helped shape the Museum and its overall mission to educate and make accessible a one-of-a-kind archive of the world's worst totalitarian systems in an effort to prevent human rights violations through democide and repression to come about again.
The Regimes Museum is the culmination of an effort to collect, preserve, and archive material, artifacts, eyewitness accounts, and stories from some of the most notorious regimes of the twentieth-century. It is both a museum and an educational institution that serves scholars, students, and the general public on a very important topic. Our motto is to learn about the phenomenon of tyranny, dictatorship, and repression across history and culture to spread hope, peace, freedom, and awareness on human rights issues. Our objective, beyond the preservation and displaying of objects and eyewitness accounts, is to become the premier educational and research institution that provides resources to students, scholars, and the general public while simultaneously enriching our local community and honoring and supporting our veterans.
PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS OVERVIEW
Archive & Research Center
Oral History Program (RM Sessions)
Veterans Support Project
A more detailed description of each program can be found on our Participate page.
Board of Directors:
Dr. Marc T. Voss, Founder & Executive Director - Marc T. Voss is the Founder and Executive Director of the Regimes Museum. He received a double Bachelor’s in History and German while simultaneously completing his Master’s in Germanic Languages at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has an interdisciplinary Doctorate in History from the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. He works as a lecturer at Chapman University and has published several books and articles on dictatorships, totalitarianism, National Socialism, the Holocaust, East Germany, and related topics. He has consulted for and appeared in media productions from short films to network television programs and has developed and curated exhibitions that have been featured in The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets.
Heather Moore, President of the Board - Heather Moore is a doctoral student at the University of Southern California, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology. She holds a dual-emphasis Master of Arts degree in Music History & Literature and Piano Pedagogy from California State University Fullerton, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Chapman University. Ms. Moore's research focuses on the intersections between music and politics in twentieth century Germany, and, specifically, the popular music of the German Democratic Republic. In addition to her position as President of the Board, she is the Director of Projects and Events, and has served on multiple occasions as an editor and contributor to the RM Journal.
Sam Ford, Treasurer - Sam Ford holds a Masters degree in Computational and Data Sciences and currently teaches a variety of university-level mathematics courses.
Elliott Barnett, Secretary - Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Elliott lived in North Carolina for 17 years, graduating from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in English Secondary Education and a minor in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). He taught high school for 4 years before moving to California where he teaches at a span school in Long Beach. Although he teaches ELA, Elliott is passionate about Holocaust education and participates in outreach efforts on behalf of the NC Council of the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum located in Washington DC, and the LA museum of the Holocaust. Elliott is a grammar nerd and loves cats.
Willoh Tyler, Creative Director - Willoh was born and raised in Southern California and always had a keen interest in history, politics, and economics. They are currently studying at Chapman University, getting their BFA in Creative Writing, with a minor in Game Development and Programming. As Creative Director, Willoh has an active role in the production of an array of Regimes Museum media, from the RM Podcast to "Look Into the Archive," as the videographer, the editor, and a contributor. They also acted as the museum's mediator for its international conference in 2020.
Layla Littlemeyer - Layla Littlemeyer has two Associate Degrees in Anthropology and Behavioral Sciences, both of which underpin her passion for the study of history and human cultures. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Ms. Littlemeyer serves as the Director of Research and contributes to the RM Blog.
Andy To - Andy To is an educator and historian. He holds a degree from California State University, Fullerton, and currently teaches in Orange County. Mr. To contributes to the RM Podcast project.
Ryan Fabre - Ryan Fabre is currently a senior at Chapman University. He is obtaining a bachelor's degree in Political Science, as well as a minor in Holocaust History. His area of expertise is World War II and the Cold War. Mr. Fabre is an RM Journal contributor, and is part of the RM Podcast team. Outside of academia, he plays collegiate tennis and enjoys going to the gym.
Todd Anton - Todd Anton has been a U.S. History instructor for nearly 30 years, and has earned national recognition for an extensive oral history collection (nearly 5,000) involving combat veterans from WWI through the present. As a result of his nomination as VFW “Teacher of the Year”, legendary author/historian Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose took Todd under his wing and encouraged him to achieve even more. Anton serves on the board of Trustees for the late Dr. Ambrose's National World War II Museum, and has also served as the Divisional Historian for his late father's World War II unit, the 70th Infantry Division-Trailblazers. Anton additionally experienced first-hand the overpowering nature of the GDR system by his brief time in East German custody in 1987 East Berlin. Anton's books include No Greater Love, When Baseball Went to War, and Distant Thunder: The Field Artillery units of the 70th Infantry Division in World War II. Mr. Anton assists with Educational Programming and Fundraising.
Ralph Pickard is a Cold War veteran, published author and analyst for the U.S. DoD intelligence community. He has authored three well received books titled STASI Decorations and Memorabilia Volumes I, II, and III as well as a number of noteworthy combined history and artifact articles related to both the MfS (STASI) and KGB. In addition to acquiring an extensive MfS collection, he has broadened his collection and research efforts to include the KGB during the Cold War era. His analysis of history and memorabilia of the KGB and MfS provides insight into how closely these two organizations and other foreign colleagues assisted and worked with each other throughout the Cold War.
Dr. Julien Reitzenstein, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Ana Catarina Pinho
PLACES THAT HAVE MENTIONED OUR WORK
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum
The Center for American War Letters Archive
The Wall Street Journal
The Wende Museum
Huntington Beach News
The Local News
California State University, Fullerton
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