The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 Presents:


This exhibit tells the story of the temporary city of Vanport and the vibrant community that called it home. Through archival material and oral history, it explores this chapter of history and its enduring impact. It is an essential and often forgotten story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.

The exhibit is open to visit in conjuction with all theater and screenings part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017 at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center: 
Friday, May 26, 5:30- 7pm
Sunday, May 29, 10am -7p
Friday, June 2, 6p-7:30p
Saturday, June 3, 6p-7:30p
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 1p-5p

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

CURATED BY: Laura Lo Forti, Greta Smith, A Fourth Act
DESIGNED BY: Paste In Place/

This is Vanport Mosaic first "Out Of The Box" exhibit, designed to travelt to schools, churches, community groups and wherever there is an interest for this important history. Please come and see it, and learn how to bring it to your community!

Our deepest gratitude to all the former Vanport residents who have shared their memories with us for the past three years, and informed this exhibit with their riveting stories. And to all the Vanport Mosaic oral historians who helped us capture, honore, and preserve these precious voices.

Special thanks to: Oregon Historical Society, City of Portland Archives, Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, Multnomah County Archives, Portland State University Special Collections and University Archives, Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources, Oregon Black Pioneers, Kim Moreland, James Stanley Harrison, Zita Podany, Thomas Robinson, Terry Baxter, Tanya Gossard, Norman Gholston, Jim Burke, Susan Barthel, Will Bennett, and Peter Marsh.

Made possible by the generous support of:
The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Portland State University, Oregon Historical Society, The City of Portland, Portland Development Commission.
This event is part of the The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2017, a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there.