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.