Film Showing, Special Event, Oral History, Partner Event     

Vanport Mosaic Festival

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Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29, 2017

  • Family-friendly
  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Multiple Locations

The Vanport Mosaic Festival is a four-day exploration of the history and legacy of Vanport, Oregon’s second largest city wiped out by a flood in 1948. Through theater, documentaries, historic exhibit, lectures, and tours we honor the experience of those who lived there. To honor the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the city of Vanport, this year’s festival aims to engage Portlanders in an exploration of community histories around the themes of home, housing, migration, and displacement. Several of the events will consider the rippling effects of gentrification on affordable housing, and how unresolved issues with race-based displacement are addressed today. To understand the role gentrification has played in Portland, we must first understand the history of housing discrimination and displacement. Vanport is a critical chapter in this story. The Oregon Historical Society is proud to sponsor the Vanport Mosaic Festival.

About The Vanport Mosaic

The Vanport Mosaic is dedicated to capturing, celebrating, and preserving the experiences of those who lived in Vanport through a multi-disciplinary approach. They are a collective of storytellers, media makers, artists, historians, educators, long-term Portland residents, and newcomers who seek to understand the construct of our social media memory about this seemingly forgotten pieces of Oregon history. Learn more at