Portland State of Mind: Screening of "Lost City, Living Memories - Vanport Through the Voices of it Residents" and exhibit, "Vanport - A Story Lived. A Story Told"
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 3:00pm to Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

What: Screening of "Lost City, Living Memories - Vanport Through the Voices of it Residents" and exhibit, "Vanport - A Story Lived. A Story Told."

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 and open to the public. Seating is limited and RSVP is highly recommended. Donations gladly accepted online and at the door.  RSVP here.

Contact: Laura Lo Forti,, 971-319-0156

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. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of community-produced short films creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.

A community-based initiative directed by Story Midwife, Laura Lo Forti. Production Manager: Meredith Lawrence. In collaboration with A Fourth Act, the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, Open Signal Portland Community Media.

Special guests:
- 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.


Vanport, located between Portland and Vancouver, was built in 1942 to accommodate the the influx of wartime shipyard workers. At its peak, it was home to 40,000 people, becoming the second largest city of Oregon, and the largest World War II federal public housing project in the U.S. On Memorial Day, 1948, a flood wiped out the entire city within a matter of hours, erasing Vanport from the map and from much of Portland’s memory.

Since 2014 a growing number of historians, artists, educators, media-makers, long-term Portland residents and newcomers have been working together to capture the complexity of the Vanport experience through the voice of those who lived there.

This event is hosted and made possible by the generous support of PSU's Department of History and Vanport MosaicOffice of Global Diversity and InclusionOregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Kinsman Foundation, Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, the City of Portland, Prosper Portland, Business for a Better Portland.

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