Resources are  organized in five categories that relate to the themes explored in the Remple DVD:

Hope and Resiliency
Children of Immigrants
Ellis Island
Russia and Ukraine
Oral History

Hope and Resiliency    back to top

These websites provide guidance for parents, teachers, and others providing care or services for children and young people. provides a variety of resources related to teaching optimism to kids.  Sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Goldfish brand crackers, it was developed by Karen Reivich, Ph.D., codirector of the Penn Resiliency Project at the Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania.  Components are designed for parents and a site for kids.  Topics included in the section "Activities for Parents and Kids" include Mastery, Emotion Awareness, Broadening Perspective, Savory and Positive Emotion, and Hope. lists a number of videos and podcasts about resilience, creativity and hope, many suitable for viewing with children. is the site for a private training organization based in Washington DC. The website provides information about core concepts, products, publications, and links to other organizations and services. is the Internet portal for Scholastic, the world's largest children’s publishing, education and media company and distributor of children's books.  It offers a wide variety of content and products for children. discussion guides include Cultivating Resiliency: A Guide for Parents and School Personnel developed for the book, Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendshipby Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu. Developed by staff of the New York University Child Study Center to help parents and teachers help nurture resiliency in children. is the Ellis Island National Monument site that reports changing exhibitions and events.

"Positive Psychology Branching Out from Its KU Roots," Oread, April 10, 2006, Vol 30, No. 14 The late Rick Snyder and Shane Lopez, both psychologists in the field of positive psychology and hope, have published a textbook Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths  CA: Thousand Oaks: Sage Publishing.

Children of Immigrants    back to top

These references are of particular value to those working with children who may be new immigrants themselves, or who come from families which may not speak English fluently and may need special guidance or attention.

Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Students in U.S. Secondary Schools. A statistical profile of immigrant children in the nation's secondary schools.

Providing Care for Immigrant, Homeless, and Migrant Children
Immigrant children often do not meet established height-for-age and other standards of good physical and mental health. 
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U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)
The National Center for Refugee and  Immigrant Children provides pro-bono legal assistance.

Who's Left Behind?: Immigrant Children in High and Low LEP Schools
Using data collected in the 1999-2000 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), this report studies the characteristics of schools serving immigrant children.

Ellis Island    back to top

These references are of universal interest, as well as of particular note to those who have themselves passed through this center. is a search engine that locates passengers recorded as passing through the Port of New York. It includes links to a timeline of immigration to America, Ellis Island history, the personal stories of six who researched their immigrant roots, photo albums, visiting Ellis Island, genealogy, and sites related to the Foundation.

The National Park Service website for Ellis Island provides information about the Statue of Liberty National Monument, the American Family Immigration History Center at Ellis Island, Smithsonian and other exhibits.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation website presents histories of the Statue and of Ellis Island, announcements about current Living Theater productions, and describes a most popular destination, the Wall of Honor bearing names of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and commemorated by their descendants.

Russia and Ukraine    back to top

These references provide the historic background to Henry D. Remple’s story and the personal stories  of many others.

Alexander Palace Time Machine - Romanov and Russian History is dedicated to the advancement of Ukrainian arts, culture, history, and heritage.

Russian Studies at  Bucknell University
Annotated links on history, culture, including feminism and folklore, politics, economics, philosophy, language, geography, media.

Bucknell University - Russian History ||
A fascinating website based on the PBS series written by James Billington, Librarian of Congress and former professor of Russian history at Princeton. reveals that although Ukraine has only been independent for seven years, it has an ancient history.

History of the Soviet Union

This website is designed to give students speedy access to the rich array of sources on Russian history translated into English and available electronically.

Russian History

Learn more about Russian history with this wonderful site with all things related to historical Russian data: images, books, articles, documents, etc. presents Ukraine’s history, culture, art, and literature.

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These references help explain the worldview of many contemporary Mennonites who have grown up with generations of family stories of persecution for holding idealistic viewpoints.

The Mennonite Central Committee website provides news and events releases and updates about global emergencies and care requests.

The Mennonite Life website includes a number of other interesting memories and histories that overlap the period of Henry D. Remple's book and provide enhanced understanding of the threads and complexities of the Mennonite immigrant experience.

Mennonite online bookstore. Provides answers to many questions about Mennonites.

Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History by Harry Loewen

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The websites and other materials below offer access to a rich collection of resources and models for creating and learning from oral histories. In addition to providing a wide range of sample oral histories, these sites include guidelines for doing oral history interviews, sample permissions forms, journals, articles on new projects, and trends in oral history.

Getting Started

  • Working backward through generations beginning with yourself, record each person's major life events on ancestor charts. Search for clues in family Bibles, photo albums, diaries, letters and baby books.
  • Download family history charts to fill out from Mid-Continent Public Library's Web site at
  • Search for distant relatives who may have already done research on your family's history by advertising in city, county and state genealogical newsletters where ancestors lived.
  • Visit regional, state and local libraries, genealogical societies and archival depositories where ancestors lived.
  • The federal population census (taken every 10 years since 1790) is a good source of information. National Archive records also include military service, passenger arrival and other records.
  • For mosot of the United States, birth and death registration became a requirement between 1890 and 1915. Before that, they were generally recorded only in church records and family Bibles. Marriages will be found recorded in most counties.

Sources: Mid-Continent Public Library; Lora Fitzgerald, Johnson County Library's genealogy librarian

Kansas City Star, Sunday December 24, 2006

  • A Century in Quilts: Telling StoriesThe finest American quilts of the 20th century are works of great beauty; striking design, extraordinary handwork, spectacular piecing. But beyond their appearance, these quilts tell our stories and at the same time, preserve these histories for future generations. Quiltmakers have always used this medium as a means to serve intense artistic or personal expressions. Quilts hold memories, moments, and lives.

  • A useful genealogical site for searching by US, UK, and other nations' census data.

  • Baylor University Institute for Oral History Abstracts of more than 750 oral history interviews collected at Baylor since 1970.

  • CastleGarden.orgThis site provides information on 10 million immigrants who entered Castle Garden port in New York.

  • Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites in the Internet provides more than 220,000 categorized and cross-referenced links.

  • Columbia University Oral History Research Office A broad and diverse collection of oral history resources, including a major project on 9/11. Useful links to other oral history organization, programs, and projects.

  • Emotional Experiences A list of readings that incorporate autobiographical writings and a useful guide to activities that prepare one for autobiography, oral histories, and family trees. Includes a helpful guide to the why and how of oral history interviews.

  • FamilySearch.orguses databases from Family History Department of LDS (Mormon) Church.

  • Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory. A large collection of oral history interviews that emphasizes Indiana and the Midwest.

  • has burial records and tombstone inscriptions.

  • Keep the Heritage Alive!, McLean County, Illinois, Black History Project. This ambitious project includes transcripts of eighty interviews conducted over thirty years.

  • Library of Congress American Memory Project— "Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project 1936-1938

  • Library of Congress American Memory StoryCorps Project StoryCorps is a national project to instruct and inspire people to record our nation's stories in sound. Athe end of your interview, you receive a copy of the interview on CD, and a copy is also filed at the StoryCorps Archives in the American Folk Center at the Library of Congress.

  • "Marla Jackson, Quilter" View Greg Hurd's interview with Marla Jackson on River City Weekly.
    Well-known Lawrence quilter Marla Jackson creates story quilts that complement the rich oral histories of African Americans.

  • National Archives, Genealogists/Family Historians A guide to census, military, immigration (ship passenger lists) , naturalization, and land holdings.

  • Oral History Association Established in 1966, the Oral History Association brings together all persons interested in oral history as a way of collecting human memories. With an international membership, the OHA share resources and information with a broad and diverse audience: local historians, librarians and archivists, students, journalists, teachers, and academic scholars.

  • Oral History Society The Oral History Society is a national and international organization, located in the United Kingdom, dedicated to the collection and preservation of oral history. It encourages people of all ages to tape, video, or write down their own and other people's life stories. It offers practical support and advice about how to get started, what equipment to use, what techniques are best, how to look after tapes, and how to make use of what you have collected.

  • The primary function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

  • The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. provides records of 22 million immigrant arrivals.

  • The WorldGen Web Project is a volunteer project for researching ancestors outside the US.

  • Voices of Civil Rights This collaborative project has collected and preserved thousands of personal stories and oral histories of the Civil Rights Movement, forming the world's largest archive of personal accounts of civil rights history. The entire collection eventually will be housed at the Library of Congress.

  • This website combines journals and family tree as away to preseve and share your history and memories.
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