From Arkansas to Vanport

The Vanport Mosaic

From Arkansas to Vanport

Director / Cinematographer / Editor

The Vanport Mosaic is an oral history project that works in collaboration with survivors, local artists, journalists, oral historians, and dedicated members of the Portland community to preserve the history of Vanport, a city lost to a tragic flood in 1948.

If you don't know the history of Vanport, but live in Oregon, you might not realize just how important Vanport was in Oregon's history. For example, did you know that Portland State University was originally Vanport College? There are many more roots to discover and celebrate, as well as important lessons about displacement and gentrification that must play a part in our current understanding of these struggles facing Portland.

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Thank you to Carolyn Hinton for graciously sharing her story.