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A Forgotten City


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A Forgotten City


 

A FORGOTTEN CITY

At its peak with a population of 40,000, Vanport was Oregon’s second largest city.

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.

 
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Our Mission


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Our Mission


 

OUR MISSION

Vanport Mosaic IS DEDICATED TO CAPTURING, CELEBRATING, AND PRESERVING THE EXPERIENCES OF THOSE WHO LIVED IN VANPORT THROUGH A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACH.

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.

 
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Celebrating the History


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Celebrating the History


 

CELEBRATING THE HISTORY

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is the first of its kind celebrating the preservation of the history of Vanport and its residents.

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.