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1957 May 15 – 1957 May 15

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents Joel and Nettie Halpern during their time in Laos with the USOM. After an initial discussion of the weather, his photography, and his checking account, Halpern describes the beginning of the celebrations of the 2500th anniversary of Buddhism, beginning with "Constitution Day." Subsequently, he describes the central eve... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 1

Halpern, Joel Martin

Luang Prabang price list

Laos - This price list dated June 6, 1957 is part of the field notes that were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. Halpern apologizes for the lateness of the report. This list concentrates on the various foods available and their prices.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1954 Mar. 1 –

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - This letter begins with notes on the weather and the coming of spring, Deda's anxiety about his sow not yet giving birth and methods on how to calculate when it will happen. The letter continues with details about the life and family of Gica including sleeping arrangements, possessions and division of labor. Notes on the following subjects are included; expressions, wine tax, pre-war prices... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Sept. 9

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Joel Halpern's parents during the time the Halperns worked in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern discusses hooking up a freezer, receiving mail, and getting another puppy. She also has made several recordings of Hmong singing.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1953 Jan. 16 –

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - Contains anecdotes about extending visas, the inefficiencies at the bank and in snow removal, electricity in peasant homes and an essay contest that Joel organized for the children. He writes about trying to find intelligent subjects for interviews who are not the rich peasants and visiting the home of the Secretary of the local Communist Party who is a bad informant because his answers... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1954 Feb. 23 – 1954 Feb. 26

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - This letter begins with statistics and then goes on about the weather, how bad the winter is and the fact that it is easier to live in the village than in Belgrade where the pipes freeze, there is no food, fuel for the fire, or at times electricity. The birth of little lambs and the anticipated birth of piglets is written about, a woman who is the village jokester, kerchiefs, visitors, trad... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 May 8

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Barbara Halpern sums up the domestic situation. She tells about the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the houseguests that stayed with them at that time.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Apr. 21

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel and Barbara Halpern to his parents during their time in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. In this letter, Halpern describes the festivities surrounding the Lao New Year celebration, or Pii Mai, especially the throwing of water and mud. Part of the letter describes the exhibits and craftsmen represented at the festival as well. The beginning paragraph describes a ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Aug. 19

Halpern, Joel Martin

Lao army projectionist interview

Laos - These field notes were included in letters from Joel M. Halpern to Carl and Nettie Halpern during the time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. These are notes from Halpern's translator, Aram Udol, having interviewed a Lao Army Projectionist who spoke about the silver bars the Haw formerly used in trade, and the attitudes of the people toward movies.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1954 Jan. 8 –

Halpern, Joel Martin

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Serbia - Opens with a brief description of attending the theater in Belgrade. It then lists the yearly cycle of religious activities with dates, customs, fasting and the people who normally participate. Details of the priest's life are shared including his schooling, pay and his possessions. Lastly a short note about swaddling and nursing babies is included.

Joel M. Halpern Papers