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Our Mission


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Our Mission


 

OUR MISSION

THE Vanport Mosaic IS A community-driven, artist-led non-profit DEDICATED TO CAPTURING, CELEBRATING, AND PRESERVING THE silenced histories of the pacific northwest in order to understand our present.

 
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A Forgotten City


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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Celebrating the History


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 understanding of this chapter in Portland’s history.