Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices

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


Harold Peck



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Interview Conducted by RaeAnn Swanson-Evans

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


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Interview Description

Harold Peck grew up in Frankville, Iowa and moved to Postville as a young boy. As an adult, Harold worked at the Hy-Grade meat processing plant as a salesman and deliveryman before it was shut down and reopened as the kosher meat processing plant Agriprocessors. In the interview, Harold recounts the changes he has seen in Postville over the years including the establishment of the Jewish Synagogue and the Taste of Postville event that celebrated the various cultures in Postville. Harold has been very active in the Presbyterian Church and shares his experience of volunteering there after the May 12th, 2008 ICE raid on Agriprocessors. Harold is also involved in prison ministry, and in 2008 he worked with some of the immigrants who were arrested during the raid and sent to nearby county jails.

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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 Harold Peck


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