The story of Vanport city is an essential and often forgotten chapter in Portland’s history. Built in 110 days in 1942, Vanport was meant to be a temporary solution to Portland’s housing shortage during WWII. On Memorial Day in 1948, one of the dikes surrounding Vanport broke, flooding the city and wiping it out in less than an hour.
We are a collective of storytellers, media makers, artists, historians, educators, long-term Portland residents and newcomers who seek to understand the construct of our social media memory about this seemingly forgotten piece of Oregon history.
Join us for four days of art, culture, historical exhibits, lectures, and tours that will engage audiences in a deeper understand of this chapter in Portland’s history.