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
• DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTIONS
• EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
• HISTORICAL CONSULTING
• ORAL HISTORY (R.M. SESSIONS)
• REGIMES MUSEUM JOURNAL
• R. M. PRESS
• R. M. PODCAST
• REGIMES MUSEUM BLOG
• SPECIAL EVENTS
• VETERANS SUPPORT PROJECT
A more detailed description of each program can be found on our Participate page.
Dr. Marc T. Voss is the Founder and Executive Director of the Regimes Museum. He received a double Bachelor’s while simultaneously completing his Master’s at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a Doctorate in History. Today, he works as an adjunct faculty member, is the publisher and lead editor of the R.M. Journal, and has authored several works.
Heather Moore, President of the Board, is a musicologist and educator who specializes in the interaction of music and politics in 20th century Germany, particularly during the Second World War and Cold War periods. Her current research focuses on popular music in the German Democratic Republic. Ms. Moore is pursuing a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology at the University of Southern California. She holds a Master of Arts in Music History & Literature, as well as degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Ms. Moore also serves as the Director of Projects and Events.
Sam Ford, Treasurer, holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and currently teaches a variety of university-level mathematics courses.
Elliott Barnett, Secretary, was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia and lived in North Carolina for 17 years. He graduated 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.
Ralph Pickard, Resident Historian, 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.
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 R.M. Blog.
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 R.M. Podcast project.
Ryan Fabre is currently a student at Saddleback Community College. He is in the process of obtaining a BA in Political Science and a Masters in History. For four years he lived in Paris, France. He is most interested in World War II and the Cold War. He is also interested in tennis and economics. Mr. Fabre contributes regularly to the R.M. Journal, and is part of the R.M. Podcast team.
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.
William Tyler is currently studying at Chapman University, aiming to receive a BA in Economics and a BS in Business Administration. His primary area of interest is economic history, but also video and media production. Mr. Tyler contributes to the R.M. Podcast project.
Dr. Julien Reitzenstein, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
PLACES THAT HAVE MENTIONED OUR WORK
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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