The Legacy of Vanport

Vanport brought together a mix of races from across the country to work in Portland’s shipyards and railroads. The Vanport Mosaic initiative aims to honor the legacy of the Vanport community and the 1948 flood. 

Vanport Mosaic: History from the Bottom Up
A short video about our participatory oral history project, and the impact on former Vanport residents, their families, and on those capturing their stories . 

Record, Preserve, and Celebrate

As a platform to preserve and document these stories, Vanport Mosaic offers a central point where the diverse efforts surrounding Vanport can be visible in one place. A deep knowledge of this history and a true understanding of the past helps to shape the community and creates a foundation for the future.