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The Spirit of Vanport Lives On Day at EXPO

  • EXPO Center — Hall A 2060 North Marine Drive Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)

As we explore our history of “othering” and Oregon’s racial legacy, we invite you to join us this Memorial Day at the site of the Assembly Center. Here, 4,000 Japanese Americans were interned before being sent to camps in 1942. Here, adjacent lands held thousands of American migrants working The Kaiser shipyards. Here, the Native Community gathers to this day celebrating their original connection to homeland. With a wide lens, we celebrate the resilience of “The Vanport Spirit” and its legacy with a full day of memory activism activities.

10:00 – 10:20: Opening Remarks & Stories In Movement

The day starts with Stories in Movement public sharing and celebration. Memories by Vanport Former Residents. Drumming by John Edmo. Poetry by Ken Yoshikawa, Velynn Brown, Aaron Spriggs, Donovan Smith. Interpretative painting by Alex Chiu.

10:30 – 4:00pm: Vanport Exhibit: A Story Lived. A Story Told with Vanport Artifacts from the Terri Johnson collection

10:45 – 1:00pm: Guided walking tour of Historic Vanport

10:30 – 3.15pm: On-going narrated bus tours of Historic Vanport

10:30 – 3:30pm: Self-Guided Walking Tours

10:30 – 4:00pm: Memory Activism Fair

11:30 – 1:00pm: Screening of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents

2:00 – 3:00pm: Screening of Home To Me; Immigrant Stories

The $5 Vanport Spirit Pass includes all documentary screenings, exhibits and the Memory Activism Fair.

An additional $2 fee is charged for the walking tour or one of the bus tours.