Judy Egeland and her family moved to Postville in 1970 and she has witnessed much of the change that has occurred in rural Postville over the last nearly 50 years. Judy has had many careers including working as a nurse and LPN, drywaller, painter and wallpapering, and had a gardening business. Judy is a master gardener and was central to bringing a community garden to Postville through her role at the time of this interview as the Vice President of the Diversity Council. Judy also helped with the school garden that was able to bring in FoodCorps volunteers. The community garden serves to bring together people from all walks of life and cultures. As Judy notes in the interview, “Everybody speaks the same language when you are in the garden.”
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Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project
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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Egeland, Judy, "Community Voices: The Postville Oral History Project Recording with Judy Egeland" (2014). Postville Project Oral Histories: Community Voices. 16.