Henry Remple witnessed what was the darkest hour of the twentieth century for many Russian Mennonites, who were forced to flee in the wake of the Russian Revolution to avoid religious persecution. The Remple family, Henry's parents and seven children, left their Ukrainien village of Alexanderwohl on April 6, 1922, to emigrate to the United States. Only Henry and two of his sisters, Agatha and Agnes, would survive the transcontinental journey.
The siblings arrived at Ellis Island on October 7, 1923 and then moved to Nebraska, where Henry grew up in Henderson, in the home of C.D. and Berha Epp. Henry earned the Ph.D. in Psychology in 1950 from the University of Kansas and pursued his professional career in Kansas City.
In 2014 Henry Remple's daughter, Lucy McAllister, Ph.D., donated several significant family possessions to the Max Kade Center, requesting that the Henry D. Remple Collection be used for teaching and research purposes.
The elegant scarf was worn by Henry's mother and older sister
Katarina in Urkaine. Henry's mother, who had received the scarf
as a gift, passed it on to her daughters.
A framed copy of the passenger manifesto for Henry's transatlantic
journey hangs in the main room of the Max Kade Center.
Jessica (JoJo) Palco, M.A. Museum Studies 2015, University of
Kansas, created the exhibit in the Center's entrance hall and wrote
the above texts. Behind her hangs a portrait of Henry Remple.