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Published on Apr 21, 2016
“The Wake of Vanport” is so named to honor the death of a city and the viewing of its history through the collection of Vanport stories told by the voices of those who lived there. It is also a celebration of life after loss. Vanport was destroyed by a flood on Memorial Day in 1948. Vanport is a lost city of Oregon with a rich history for all Oregonians.
The Vanport Multimedia Project is dedicated to collecting and preserving Vanport survivors’ stories. Community members, local historians, artists, media makers and educators collaborated to turn oral history interviews into short and powerful pieces of digital audio and visual narrative.
The Vanport Multimedia Project is a project of The North Portland Multimedia Training Center (NPMTC) to collect and archive oral history from individuals in the Portland African American community. Thanks to the generous support of The Oregon Historical Society, The Oregon Lottery, PCRI, Meyer Memorial Trust, the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Cultural Council, Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission, Pacific Power, Portland Prime, and The Skanner Newsgroup for supporting the Vanport Multimedia Project. NPMTC is a project of The Skanner Foundation.