The 8th Vanport Mosaic Festival

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Every day, through May 29
Alberta House Concordia (Portland)
This is an in-person event
All Ages

Vanport, the largest World War II federal housing project in the United States and once Oregon's second-largest city, was destroyed by a flood in 1948 that left 18,000 people homeless and forced Portland’s white residents to reckon with their racist housing practices. In observance of the 75th anniversary of the flood, this 11-day festival of "memory activism" will commemorate the disaster with community-minded presentations, a "reunion/celebration of former Vanport residents," documentary screenings, oral history recordings, tours, and more. This weekend, Portland State University archivist Marti Clemmons and BIRDHERS founder Han Lyons will lead a contextual bird walk and history chat along Force Lake, which once served as a recreational space for the residents of Vanport. That's not all, though—check out this year's program for a full rundown.

by Lindsay Costello

Event Location

Alberta House

5131 NE 23rd Portland, Oregon Venue website

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