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Object Name Mule
Object ID Number 88-23
Description Pair of mule style shoes or bedroom slippers. The shoe uppers are fully beaded, probably by hand in a floral design/blue/white on pink/ purple. The beige leather soles are attached with brass pegs.

These slippers are symbolic of a missionary career spent largely in Southeast Asia. Captain Helen Norem and Ensign Ernst Brandt met, married, and had a son while serving in China (1917-1924) where they offered disaster relief services to the local population. They were next stationed in Indonesia (1925-1937) where they operated a leper colony, and then served as Divisional Commanders in the Celebes (now Sulawesi) beginning in 1937. The couple was held for 3½ years in an internment camp, after the Japanese occupation of the island in 1942. Their son, who had been sent to live with relatives in Canada, joined the Canadian Navy in hopes of freeing his parents. After they were liberated, the couple was sent to America where they toured corps in the Swedish Division before retirement in May 1947.
Date 1917-1942
Search Terms Celebes (Sulawesi)
China
Indonesia
Sulawesi (formerly Celebes)
Subjects Beads
Leather goods
Mules
Shoes
Slippers
People Brandt, Ernst
Brandt, Helen (nee Norem)
Norem, Helen (Helen Norem Brandt)