Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Pat Zidlicky


Pat Zidlicky



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Interview Conducted by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

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Zidlicky, Pat--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008;


Oral History

Interview Description

Pat Zidlicky and her husband moved to Postville in 1994, and shortly after Pat became involved in the Taste of Postville Celebration and the Diversity Council. Pat helped with the Taste of Postville from 1998 to 2006 and fondly remembers the good times as well as the complications of planning an elaborate event and meeting all the food safety regulations. At the time of the interview, Pat Zidlicky was the president of the Diversity Council, a group that hosted educational and community programs. Pat recalled many potlucks, movie showings, and celebrations held by the Diversity Council that were well attended by the Community. Pat discusses her involvement in ESOL classes, English Speakers of Other Languages, and the relationships that formed as she tried to learn a little Spanish while other residents tried to learn English. At the time of the raid, Pat spent time at the Catholic Church and comments on how the community came out to support its residents in that time of turmoil.

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52.05 minutes

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Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | United States History

Project Title

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project

Project Description

The Community Voices: Postville Oral History Project sought to capture the remembered past of those who experienced the “Postville story,” that is, the social context leading up to, including, and following the ICE immigration raid that occurred on May 12th, 2008. The Interviews available here showcase the unique memories of 16 interviewees living and working in or near Postville. The interviews will leave listeners with a sense of how a small town in rural Iowa has dealt with and continues to deal with vast demographic change and the aftermath of an ICE raid that threw Postville into the national conversation on immigration reform.


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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Pat Zidlicky


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