Memories of Vanport: A Panel Discussion

May 28, 2018 7PM

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. An unknown number of people died and 18,000 were left homeless. Former residents Luanne Barnes, Belva Jean Griffin, Carolyn Hinton and Janice Okamoto will share their memories of life in Vanport and the flood that destroyed the community.