About Us

The Regimes Museum is the culmination of an effort to collect, preserve, and archive material and artifacts from some of the most notorious regimes of the 20th century. It is both a museum and an educational institution that offers resources to scholars and students while applying lessons of the past to the present.


 

Our Story

The Regimes Museum is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by Dr. Marc Voss, a scholar of history and German with special attention given to 20th century repressive regimes from all over the world, most notably those that have come and gone in modern day Germany. The co-founder, Brenton Ogden III, is an avid historian and collector. The Regimes Museum was ultimately developed when Dr. Voss and Mr. Ogden combined their efforts and collections in 2013. Although special interest was paid to WWII artifact collecting by the founders in the early years, the effort quickly expanded to include seven regimes that span the 20th century. The founders realized that the phenomenon of tyranny and repression are not unique. Dictatorships are an expression of some of the most extreme forms of power abuse that restrict the freedoms and liberties of the citizens they dominate and control. Considering the unpleasant nature of tyranny and repressive regimes, the founders knew that for most it is much easier to forget or gloss over the past that so fundamentally affected the lives of all of those who lived through the events and even those younger generations that have inherited the uncomfortable past that shaped the community they live in. The collapse of a regime is often times followed by the removal and destruction of anything and everything that remind individuals of the past they would prefer to forget and move on from. The founders believed that these trends, however, have adverse consequences that impact the present. Preserving, researching, and sharing the history of dictatorships as they really were is a delicate yet significant undertaking that requires authentic artifacts that are presented as they were at the time so as not to glorify their history. With this Museum, the founders wish to set up an educational institution that pieces together the historical mosaic of what life was like for ordinary citizens, the victims of repressive systems, apparatchiks, and the personalities that ran the regimes. The founders wanted to set up an organization that would serve to demystify totalitarian political systems through academic research and investigation and ultimately make it accessible to the public so that future generations may be enlightened and better able to avoid tyranny from coming about again. This is the aim and philosophy that have developed into what is now the Regimes Museum.  

The collection started in 2003 with a bloodstained armband and has since grown steadily to include artifacts from regimes and dictatorships from all over the world. The emphasis of the permanent collection focuses on select regimes including Fascist Italy, Imperial Japan, National Socialist Germany, Stalinist Russia and the post-Stalin Soviet Union including the Warsaw Pact allies and the GDR, the Ba’athist Middle East, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. While the efforts of collecting and preserving artifacts from these countries has largely been led and orchestrated by Dr. Voss and Brenton Ogden III, the grass-roots acquisition initiative hopes to expand in the future and broaden its reach and scope. Today, the collection has expanded significantly and the future is open to shape the ever evolving museum and archive into an interdisciplinary educational institution that blends military, political, and cultural history together.

 Mission

Since 2003, the goal of the ever growing and expanding collection is to preserve the cultural, political, social, and personal artifacts and histories of individuals who were witnesses to some of the most notorious and infamous regimes of the 20th century in order to broaden the understanding of the nature of repressive regimes in the various forms, cultures, and nations they existed in. The repression, suffering, and destruction caused by rogue governments are a persistent and repeating phenomenon that can be seen throughout history and in its more modern forms in the 20th and 21st centuries. The permanent display focuses on what life was like for the victims as well as ordinary citizens through personal histories while also concentrating on the political apparatus, its leading figures and personalities, and their pride and joy; the armed forces, which tie the regimes to the wars they fought in. Our objective, beyond the preservation and displaying of objects and eyewitness accounts, is to become the premier educational institution that provides resources to students, scholars, and the general public while simultaneously helping our local community in honoring and supporting our veterans.

 The Team

These individuals are members of the Board, advisers, and/or staff members that perform important functions for the Museum and its development. Many are fully engaged in the Museum and continue to offer their support and resources.

Board of Directors

Dr. Marc Voss

Mr. Brenton R. Ogden III

Ms. Alexis Ford

Mr. Dean Lehrman

Ms. Heather Moore

Mr. Spencer Stepnicka

Mr. Ryan Fabre

Board of Advisers

Being developed. . .

Staff

Marc Voss, Founder & Executive Director

m.voss.rm@gmail.com

Brenton R. Ogden III, Co-founder & Associate Director

b.ogden.rm@gmail.com

Alexis Ford, Treasurer

a.ford.rm@gmail.com

Heather Moore, Projects Coordinator & Director of Events

h.moore.rm@gmail.com

Spencer Stepnicka, Secretary

s.stepnicka@gmail.com

Andy To, Editor: R.M. Journal

a.to.rm@gmail.com

John Velickovic, Director of Public Relations & Design

j.velickovic.rm@gmail.com

Dean Lehrman, Director of Public Relations & Marketing

d.lehrman.rm@gmail.com

Dylan Almendral, Archivist & Collections Registrar

d.almendral.rm@gmail.com

Ryan Fabre, Editor: R.M. Journal

r.fabre.rm@gmail.com

Daniel Stackhouse Jr., Resident Historian

 Volunteers

In appreciation of the continuous support the Museum has received, we would like to thank all those who have donated their time, effort, or resources to help this project be successful. As we continue to grow and move toward bigger and better goals, we will always be grateful to those who have so enthusiastically supported our cause.

Meet the Team

Marc 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.

Brenton Ronald Ogden III is the Co-founder and Associate Director.  He has taught and volunteered at local California museums and for the last twelve years. He works as an IT analyst and Property Manager. He has his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University of Irvine with an emphasis on business administration and leadership.

Ally Rocha currently works for the North Orange County Community College District as an Instructional Assistant. She supports two adult learner basic skills labs and one high school diploma program lab. She received her Bachelors of Science in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University in May 2014. She intends to further her education and pursue a Master’s of Science in Higher Education from California State University Fullerton in fall 2015. Her historical interests include twentieth and twenty-first century United States History.

Andy To is the editor of the Regimes Museum Journal. He joined the Museum team in December 2014 and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton. As an avid historian, Andy now dedicates his time to helping the Museum collect and preserve oral histories and transcribing them for the Journal.

Heather Moore is a vocational musician and educator with a passion for history. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Instrumental Performance from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University, where she extensively studied the theoretical and historical aspects of her trade. She enjoys researching music of all different time periods and its relation to politics, culture, and everyday life.

Dean Lehrman is the Regimes Museum’s archivist and part of the cataloging team and assists in the Museum’s creative projects and programs. A recent graduate of University California, Irvine, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a Digital Design minor. As a contemporary artist, his work directly investigates historical ideologies within the United States, the former Soviet Union, the former German Democratic Republic, and also investigates ideologies of various other current pariah and/or failed states.  He is currently researching the transition from collective to commercial farming within previous Warsaw Pact Nations and Yugoslavia. Dean specializes in Cold War history.

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.

Please email regimesmuseum@gmail.com for any questions