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Public Histories, Personal Perspectives

  • Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 North Interstate Avenue Portland, OR, 97217 United States (map)

Vanport: The Surge of Social Change  

This collection of historic images and artifacts unveils the multifaceted community life of Vanport, the Nation’s largest federal housing project. This exhibit documents the aftermath of the Vanport flood and it attempts to share the richness of the social and community life that changed the urban landscape of Vancouver and Portland forever.

Co-Curators: Kimberly Moreland, Oregon Black Pioneers, Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic.

Beyond Vanport: Remembering Native North Portland/artwork by Peggy Ball-Morrill

Klamath/Modoc artist Peggy Ball-Morrill’s  paintings portray a community nearly invisible in popular culture where representations of native people are often limited to westerns or cartoons. The paintings remember a close-knit native community at a time when federal termination and relocation policies threatened Native survival. Peggy passed away in August of 2015.

Altar by Lynn Yarne

Artist and educator Lynn Yarne explores the history and culture of Portland's Japantown/Chinatown district through the stories of nine elders in her multi-media exhibit.

Exhibition Viewing Days & Hours
May 30 and 31, 6:00-9:00pm
June 1, 1:00-7:00pm
June 2, 1:00-3:00pm
June 3-5, 6:00-9:00pm

This event is free & open to the public