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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 Sept. 8

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. This letter is in the form of field notes. The notes discuss a festival Halpern attended in Pak Lung, a village down river from Luang Prabang. The boun included dancing, and Halpern describes the custom of dancing with various partners. He also attended a performance of ... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 July 30

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Dr. Blum

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Dr. Blum, answering his letter of July 8th. In this letter, Barbara summarizes their health and diet in Laos, specifically the fresh fruits and vegetables, the lack of milk, and the bout of Asian flu both she and Joel had experienced.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 May 8 – 1957 May 27

Halpern, Joel Martin

Field report from Joel Halpern to Robert J. Minges

Laos - Field report in the form of a memorandum from Joel M. Halpern to Robert J. Minges, Chief, Field Service Division, Vientiane, on the subject of Mekong Field Trip. Halpern discusses a field trip up the Mekong river, visits to several villages, especially the details of Pak Beng and Pak Tha. The report is very detailed with respect to rice production in each area, prices of goods, and status... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 June 15

Halpern, Barbara

Letter from Barbara Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Barbara Halpern to Joel M. Halpern's parents during time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This letter describes the domestic situation of having "their alley turned into a street": bulldozers, electricity poles put in, and other disturbances caused several problems in their house. She also mentions visiting Nam Tha (now Luang Namtha), and meeting Dr.... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 June 12

Halpern, Joel M.

Letter from Joel M. Halpern to Nettie and Carl Halpern

Laos - Letter from Joel M. Halpern to his parents during his time spent in Laos with the United States Operations Mission. This single page letter addresses various practical matters of paying for subscriptions and concerns about the movies and photos taken in Laos. References to photos of patients of Dr. Thomas A. Dooley are made.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 July 25

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. This letter discusses practical matters such as subscriptions, film, gifts, other letters and shipments.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Apr. 22 – 1957 Apr. 23

Halpern, Joel Martin

Miscellaneous notes

Laos - These three pages of miscellaneous notes mentions a dancing club in Luang Prabang where Vietnamese girls and girls from Vientiane danced the newest dances. He also describes a ceremonial procession which brought a special gold statue of Buddha to the royal wat. The Pra Bang was annointed by the king, crown prince and other officials in an elaborate ceremony. He also des... more

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 July 28

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. This letter discusses the recent shipment of letters and packages that had arrived, insurance costs, and recreational activities.

Joel M. Halpern Papers

1957 Mar. 25

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. Responding to worries regarding the Pathet Lao and his safety in Laos, Halpern assures his father there is no need to worry. He discusses and requests magazine subscriptions. He also refers to the work which he expects to do.

Joel M. Halpern Papers