5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. / Portland, OR, 97211
Monday, May 28, 2018
Kennedy School History Pub
6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
All ages welcome
6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. eventFreeAll ages welcome
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.
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp
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