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Lost City, Living Memories

  • Portland State University (Smith Memorial Student Union, Browsing Lounge Room 238) 1825 Southwest Broadway Portland, OR, 97201 United States (map)

As part of Portland State of Mind  (October 13-22), join us for a special screenings of community-produced short oral history documentaries, featuring former Vanport residents sharing their memories. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, this collection of short films creates a rich and elaborate “mosaic” of the vibrant community that made up the city of Vanport.

  • PCC Cascade History Professor James Harrison will answer our questions. He is currently conducting research and is in the early stages of writing a comprehensive social history of Vanport City and its impact on Portland. 
  • "Story midwife" Laura Lo Forti, Vanport Mosaic co-founder, will update on the on-going participatory oral history project and how you can get involved. 
  • Former Vanport residents will share their memories.
  • Portland author Zita Podany will be signing copies of her book "Images of America: Vanport

Ticket sales ($5 plus fees) support our on-going effort to capture, honor, and preserve the many silenced stories from Oregon's past, so that we can better understand our present. 

Earlier Event: October 22
St. Johns Farmers Market
Later Event: October 24
Visions for a Housed Community