New Collections and a New Grant

In the last post I mentioned that we were coming close to the end of our grant-funding cycle with the State Historical Society of Iowa. Fortunately with the hard work of our project team, we submitted a proposal for continued funding through the SHSI and our request was accepted. The project now has funding for the end of 2014 and we are all happy to be continuing with the great momentum we are working with.

To see the new collections added over the summer visit:
La Historia de Nuestras Vidas: The Story of Our Lives: http://www.postvilleproject.org/collections/show/16

United States of America v. Sholom Rubashkin: http://www.postvilleproject.org/collections/show/17

And as I mentioned, our momentum continues moving ahead. Here is a list of what the project has in store for the rest of the summer and into the fall…

  • Processing the first installment of film footage from Luis Argueta’s documentary film, “abUSed: The Postville Raid.” We plan to stream the video content from the project website.
  • Tom and the team from UNI will be finalizing the “Index of Resources” to be included on the project website. The index will make accessible even more materials that are related to the story of Postville before, during and after the raid but that are materials the project doesn’t have rights to use as part of our collections.
  • Inventorying the collection of materials from the Five Year Anniversary of the raid. The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque put together a fantastic collection of most of the media materials created during the planning and staging of the Five Year Anniversary event. We hope to make the information available on the project website as soon as possible.
  • Continuing processing of the Maryn Olson collection and the Iowa Department of Labor Services.

The list could really go on and on, so I will leave it at that for now and continue to provide updates as things happen. For now, check out the new collections and as always, feel free to contact us with any suggestions, questions or information about The Postville Project.