Oral History, Panel Discussion     Series: History Pub

Memories of Vanport: A Panel Discussion

Free and open to the public
Monday, May 28, 2018
7PM – 8:30PM

  • Free
  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97211
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During its short lifetime from 1942 to 1948, the city of Vanport was home to a large and diverse population. The housing project was constructed on a Columbia River flood plain to house thousands of workers employed in Portland and Vancouver’s shipyards during WWII. Vanport later served as home to returning veterans, African Americans and displaced Japanese Americans who had been interned. On May 30, 1948, the swollen Columbia River overflowed Vanport’s dikes and swept the city away. Former residents will share their memories of life in Vanport and the legendary flood that destroyed the community.

Carolyn Hinton and Janice Okamoto both recorded their Vanport memories as part of the Vanport Mosaic community-based oral history project. Belva Jean Griffin recorded her story as part of The Wake of Vanport, produced by the North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC), a project of The Skanner Foundation.

Ability Accommodation Information

This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

About History Pub

Join us for beer and history, sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society, Holy Names Heritage Center, and McMenamins, in which you'll hear lively local or regional history while you enjoy a frosty pint or two of handcrafted ale.

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