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Portland State University
Portland State University 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97201
Walking through Delta Park, you'd never guess that the second largest city in Oregon, home to over 40,000 people, once stood there. Come explore the history of Vanport, its vibrant community, and the flood that in 1948 displaced it.
As part of Portland State Of Mind 2017, please join us for an historic exhibit and screening of the latest short documentaries part of the Vanport Mosaic on-going participatory oral history project, now in its third year.
When: Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 327/8, 1825 SW Broadway
Cost: FREE. Donations gladly accepted online and at the door. Seating is limited and RSVP is recommended: goo.gl/36WrqA
LOST CITY, LIVING MEMORIES: VANPORT THROUGH THE VOICES OF ITS RESIDENTS*****
Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of community-produced short documentaries feauturing former Vanport residents creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.
A Vanport Mosaic initiative directed by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Production Manager: Meredith Lawrence. In collaboration with A Fourth Act, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication — Portland, Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center
VANPORT: A STORY LIVED. A STORY TOLD*****
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 an essential and often forgotten story of migration, housing, displacement, and perseverance.
— Edward Washington, Vanport survivor, PSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion Community Liaison
— James S. Harrison, professor emeritus of History at Portland Community College. Professor Harrison is currently working on a book about the wartime housing project of Vanport.
This event is wade possible by co-sponsored support provided by the Portland State University Department of History and Friends of History — Portland State University.