Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices

Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Dona Peck


Dona Peck



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Interview Conducted by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

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Peck, Dona--Interviews; Postville Immigration Raid, Postville, Iowa, 2008; Church and social problems;


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Interview Description

Dona Peck was born and raised in Postville, Iowa. She experienced life in a small town and has observed all the changes that have come to Postville through the years. Dona grew up attending the Presbyterian Church in Postville and has spent a lot of her retirement participating in church events and volunteering through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Dona also volunteers at the local Food Pantry. Like many in the community, after the May 12th, 2008 ICE raid on Agriprocessors, Dona spent time helping out at the Presbyterian Church. In the interview, Dona recounts her experience of witnessing the trauma of the event and the fear that remained in the community during the following days. In the interview, Dona also comments on the changes that occurred in Postville after the raid and the media’s portrayal of Postville.

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

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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 Dona Peck


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