Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents

This is a past event. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00pm 5:00pm

Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 327/8 1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Walking through Delta Park, you'd never guess that the second largest city in Oregon, home to over 40,000 people, once stood there. Come explore the history of Vanport, its vibrant community, and the flood that in 1948 displaced it.

As part of Portland State Of Mind 2017, please join up for an historic exhibit and screening of the latest short documentaries part of the Vanport Mosaic on-going participatory oral history project, now in its third year.

Seating is limited and RSVP is recommended.

A Vanport Mosaic initiative directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Production Manager: Meredith Lawrence. In collaboration with A Fourth Act, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication - Portland and Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center.

Along with exhibit:
Vanport: A Story Lived, A Story Told
Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is an essential and often forgotten story of migration, housing, displacement and perseverance.

Special guests: 

  • Edward Washington, Vanport survivor, PSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion Community Liaison
  • James S. Harrison, professor emeritus of History at Portland Community College. Professor Harrison is currently working on a book about the wartime housing project of Vanport.
Event Type

Film, Exhibition



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