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As part of The VANPORT MOSAIC FESTIVAL 2018 - May 23-28, we invite you to participate to

Monday, May 28th, 10-6p
EXPO Center - 2060 N Marine Dr

As part of The Vanport Mosaic Festival 2018 MAY 23-28 closing day at Portland Expo Center (more info at Vanport Mosaic Festival : tours, exhibits, screening, forum)

Monday, May 28th, 10-6p
EXPO Center - 2060 N Marine Dr

A “miracle city.” A “sociological experiment.” A “municipal monstrosity.” A “nasty ghetto.”
During its short life span (1942-1948) Vanport--Oregon’s second largest city and the nation’s largest public housing project--drew national attention and conflicting opinions. For the over 40,000 people who lived there, Vanport was simply their home. 

When the Columbia River flooded on May 31 of 1948, Memorial Day, the entire city was erased from the map and from much of Portland’s memory in a single day.

Mixing archival photographs and historical records with personal testimonies of former residents, this pop-up exhibit presents the multifaceted story of Vanport and its vibrant community. It is a story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.
Curated by Laura Lo Forti and Greta Smith.

Made possible by the generous support of:
The Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Portland State University and the Division of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Oregon Historical Society, The City of Portland, and Prosper Portland

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, James Stanley Harrison Oregon Black Pioneers, Kimberly Moreland, Thomas Robinson, Terry Baxter, Susan Barthel, Tanya Gossard, Norman Gholston, and Peter Marsh.

May 23-28
Portland, OR

In these times of collective amnesia, remembering is an act of resistance.
Join us for 6 days of memory activism opportunities, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Vanport Flood and the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act through screenings, live performances, tours, exhibits, and community engagement initiatives.

Hosted at various locations throughout North and Northeast Portland, free or low cost to the public. For more information & reservations, visit, email, or call (971) 319-0156


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